Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is the on-premises release of Microsoft's flagship server OS. Windows Server 2019 incorporates the enhancements to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 previously available only via the Semi-Annual Channel. Windows Server 2019 offers significant improvements in scale, throughput, management, security and compliance, application compatibility, Linux co-existence, container technology, and hybrid combinations of on-premises and cloud-hosted assets.
Top new features of Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for unifying the management and monitoring of hybrid local/cloud-hosted resources, System Insights for utilizing advance predictive intelligence to manage on-premises environments, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container networking using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for building and managing large non-stop scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for streamlining the migration from legacy versions of Windows Server.
Progent can assist your organization to integrate Windows Server 2019 with the latest versions of Microsoft's popular apps by providing services that include Microsoft Exchange Server expertise, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 integration and development expertise, SQL Server 2017 migration services, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 design and integration, and Microsoft 365 hybrid integration consulting. Progent's consulting, troubleshooting and education services for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are available online and Progent also provides onsite support in metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 makes Microsoft's Azure stack available to businesses of all sizes for building on-premises networks, private clouds, or hybrid architectures that combine on-prem resources with infrastructure and services provided via private and public clouds.
Windows Admin Center allows onsite environments to access Azure cloud features
Most of today's businesses manage a mix of local and cloud-hosted IT assets to deliver the appropriate balance of flexibility, economy, throughput, reliability, and security/compliance they need. In some fields, compliance regulations demand that specific types of resources and data be kept internally. In other cases, company standards or compatibility issues necessitate line-of-business software to be hosted locally. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 provides a cloud-friendly solution that permits you to implement and administer powerful hybrid networks that transparently access resources distributed across local facilities and the cloud.
Designing, configuring and administering efficient hybrid environments with Microsoft Windows Server 2019 requires a broad range of knowledge and experience. This is outside the comfort zone of typical in-house IT staffs in smaller businesses. Progent's roster of subject-matter experts (SMEs) offers as-needed access to the skills you need for any aspect of hybrid network implementation and maintenance. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified and Cisco-certified consultants, project managers, and information security specialists can help your business to assess the benefits of Windows Server 2019 for your organization and build a hybrid ecosystem powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2019 that offers maximum return on investment.
A Good Moment to Migrate
The introduction of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 was accompanied by the announcement of End-of-Support status for Microsoft's popular Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 products. The result is that there will be no more security fixes on-premises, no other updates, no free support programs, and no downloadable technical content updates. Consequently, security and compliance issues will be more difficult, management costs may increase, and system stability may go down.
If your business could use help moving up to Windows Server 2019 from Windows Server 2008 or any other legacy release of Windows Server, Progent offers the skills to make your upgrade process efficient, affordable, and fast. Progent can assist you to:
Versions and Deployment Options for Windows Server 2019
- Document your apps and server roles on your current servers
- Migrate your virtual machines to the Progent Cloud or move to the current release of self-hosted Windows Server or to Azure
- Optimize your configuration to reduce costs, manage assets, and strengthen data security across hybrid applications
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is offered in the economical Standard version and the enterprise-class Datacenter edition. The Datacenter edition supports unlimited server virtualization whereas the Standard edition allows only two virtual machines. The Datacenter version also offers powerful technologies like Shielded Virtual Machines, Network Controller automation, Host Guardian Service, Storage Replica disaster recovery, Software-defined Networking, and Storage Spaces Direct pooled storage. Most of these features are discussed in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 expertise.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 has two installation alternatives: Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience. Server Core has a minimal footprint and has no local interface but handles all server roles. This so-called "headless" mode is designed to be managed remotely, for example with the command line or Windows Admin Center. Server with Desktop Experience alternative is a full installation and features a rich GUI for local management. Progent's consultants can help your business to determine the versions and deployment options most appropriate for your situation, understand Microsoft's licensing rules, and pick an efficient on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid network model.
Top New Features of Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 features enhancements in scale, throughput, administration, virtualization, cybersecurity, hybrid networking, availability, orchestration, Linux support, and other major improvements. Versions of Windows Server 2019 acquired under the SAC release model are updated two times a year, making new features available more quickly than under the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) program.
Windows Server 2019 offers significant increases in capacity compared to Windows Server 2016:
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Additional headline improvements in Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are:
Ways Progent Can Help You with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
- Cluster Sets is a feature that allows dramatic expansion in cluster node count in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) by combining multiple Failover Clusters into a single large, centrally managed interconnected topology. Network managers can transparently move VMs throughout the Cluster Set fabric and control every aspect of a Failover Cluster from onboarding to decommissioning. Clusters included within a Cluster Set can benefit from additional disk storage and memory in a separate cluster without requiring you to buy more hardware. CPU and storage resources do not need to be the same, and robustness matches or exceeds ordinary Failover Clusters.
Prior to Microsoft Windows Server 2019, large numbers of Hyper-V clusters for VMs were a hassle to manage and scale
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 features Cluster Sets for unified management of failover clusters
- Storage Replica has been included in the Standard edition of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Storage Replica provides next-generation disaster recovery support and is described in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica deployment. Novel capabilities of Storage Replica include a test failover option that enables managers to put a target volume online temporally for testing and backup. Also, you can now manage Storage Replica with the new Microsoft Windows Admin Center, which offers a GUI utility for controlling operations like server-to-server, cluster-to-cluster, and stretch cluster replication.
- Storage Spaces Direct enhancements include deduplication and compression for ReFS volumes, integrated support for persistent memory (PMem), support for using a commodity flash drive to act as a witness with dual-server clusters, greater expandability (as high as 4 PB per cluster), double the performance for mirror-accelerated parity, outlier detection for physical drive latency, and improved fault tolerance by selectively changing the limit of volume allocation. Storage Spaces Direct technology is discussed in Windows Storage Spaces Direct consulting.
- Storage Migration Service simplifies the process of migrating the volume data from older servers to volumes in current versions of Windows Server. You can deploy Storage Migration Service to move to current hardware or to VMs. The tool automatically inventories servers and their data; moves files, shares, and policy configurations to their intended servers; and permits new servers to assume the identity of the source servers so that users and apps can access existing data without making any changes. Windows Admin Center's graphical interface can manage multiple simultaneous migrations.
- Broader Linux support allows organizations to host Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Enterprise Server within shielded virtual machines. Shielded Virtual Machines technology is described in Windows Server 2016 Shielded VMs consulting.
- Windows Admin Center is a new web-based application deployed on-premises for managing servers, clusters, HCI infrastructure with Storage Spaces Direct, Windows 10 devices, and Azure-based VMs. Windows Admin Center can be used to manage Windows Server 2012 and later. Windows Admin Center is an "in-box" management tool and therefore can be utilized to manage servers on private networks not connected to the public Internet. By posting the Windows Admin Center gateway server to the public Internet, you can manage your servers safely from anywhere.
Windows Admin Center enables you to manage on-premises and Azure-hosted virtual machines from a centralized console
- Container orchestration with Kubernetes, the popular management automation tool for Docker containers, includes enhanced capability like the ability to use embedded network security to guard both Windows and Linux services. For information about containers on Microsoft Windows Server, visit Windows Server containers expertise.
- Deduplication and Compression for Resilient File System (ReFS) Volumes supports an order of magnitude more data on a given ReFS volume. The ReFS file system, introduced in Windows Server 2012, combines silicon high-performance tiers for handling hot data along with HDD/SDD capacity tiers to provide scale and resilience.
- Windows Defender ATP comes with Windows Server 2019 as a built-in feature requiring no additional activation fee and no agent software to install.
- Encrypted Networks is a new feature that encrypts traffic between virtual machines communicating inside subnets that are set to be Encryption Enabled. Datagram Transport Layer Security on the virtual subnet blocks anyone with access to the physical network from looking at, modifying, or spoofing network data. Data traveling between encrypted subnets is unencrypted.
- A USB Flash Drive connected to your router can be used as a witness in dual-server clusters under Storage Spaces Direct. With this low-cost, easy-to-configure solution, if a server fails and then recovers, the USB drive cluster can tell you which of the servers holds the fresher data.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 allows a USB Flash drive to act as a witness in two-server clusters
- Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) automatically reduces network traffic jams by taking up bandwidth only during periods when the network is being only moderately utilized. LEDBAT enables an organization to publish massive, important updates throughout an enterprise network without degrading the performance of mission-critical applications.
- System Insights uses advanced analytics and machine learning to simplify capacity planning. System Insights runs locally on each Microsoft Windows Server 2019 instance and analyses performance counters and system events to predict capacity requirements in important areas including usage for volumes, storage capacity, processing, and network traffic volume.
- Windows Time Service works with the modern time synchronization technique known as Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and delivers accurate time during a leap second. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 also supports time traceability and software time-stamping. These capabilities provide greater accuracy and precision, allow compliance with UTC and other standards such as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and support various time-sensitive applications. Because network configuration demands care to support the PTP protocol, NTP remains the default synchronization method for Microsoft Windows Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist your business to plan and implement an efficient upgrade to Windows Server 2019 using a local network architecture or a hybrid local-plus-cloud model. Progent can show you how to configure Microsoft's streamlined Storage Migration Service to reduce time and cost from the process of moving from outdated Windows Server platforms as old as Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Progent can assist you to take advantage of the latest functions of Windows Server 2019 to improve throughput, scale, availability, and manageability. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 consultants can help you to implement Exchange Server 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles and management tools, which depend on Windows Server 2019. Progent's SQL Server 2019 experts can assist your organization to configure Microsoft's primary database platform with Windows Server 2019 to run your critical workloads in a modern network environment.
Progent's certified cybersecurity consultants can assist you to follow best practices to create an up-to-date security environment that is seamless across local and cloud resources as well as mobile end points. Progent can assist your company to set up centralized security monitoring and management using an effective combination of security technologies from Microsoft as well as third-party providers. Progent also can run security audits to verify that your IT environment meets regulatory and industry information security requirements like SOX, ISO 27001, and PCI DSS 3.2.
Progent's roster of Cisco-certified CCIE network experts is one of the biggest of any independent IT services company in the United States. Progent can help your company to design, implement and maintain a resilient and cost-effective hybrid network architecture that delivers the state-of-the-art high-availability and disaster recovery technologies included with Windows Server 2019. Progent's disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) preparedness experts can assist your organization plan and test a comprehensive process for rebounding quickly from any foreseen disaster.
To help your company to support your Microsoft Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server Hyper-V virtualized environment, Progent offers a range of expertise such as Windows Admin Center consulting, PowerShell programming, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) hybrid cloud management expertise, and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) integration. Progent also offers the ProSight line of remote monitoring and management outsourcing packages that provide small and middle-size businesses an economical and effective solution for network management.
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Progent's Online Consulting Support and Debugging Services
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Contact Progent for Help with Windows Server 2019
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