Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is the on-premises version of Microsoft's server operating system. Windows Server 2019 includes the updates for Windows Server 2016 previously available exclusively via the Semi-Annual Channel. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 features significant improvements in capacity, performance, management, cybersecurity, app compatibility, Linux support, container networking, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud-hosted resources.
Top enhancements of Windows Server 2019 include Windows Admin Center for unifying the management of hybrid local/cloud deployments, System Insights for taking advantage of modern predictive analytics to control on-premises networks, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container orchestration with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for deploying and managing massive high-availability scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for simplifying the migration from legacy editions of Windows Server.
Progent can assist you to integrate Windows Server 2019 with the latest releases of Microsoft's popular apps by providing expert services such as Microsoft Exchange Server support, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 integration consulting, SQL Server 2017 upgrade expertise, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 design and deployment, and Microsoft 365 hybrid integration consulting. Progent's consulting, troubleshooting and training services for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are offered remotely and Progent also provides on-premises support in metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Windows Server 2019
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 makes the Azure stack available to organizations of any size for building onsite networks, private cloud solutions, or hybrid systems that combine on-prem IT assets with resources provided via private and public clouds.
Windows Admin Center allows local environments to access Azure cloud features
Most of today's companies deploy a mix of on-premises and cloud-based IT assets to deliver the appropriate balance of control, affordability, performance, reliability, and security they require. In some industries, regulatory compliance demand that certain classes of network resources and information be retained internally. In other instances, company policies or compatibility issues necessitate mission-critical applications to be run locally. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 offers a cloud-aware platform that allows you to build and administer productive hybrid ecosystems that transparently access resources distributed across local data centers and the cloud.
Designing, creating and administering optimized hybrid solutions with Microsoft Windows Server 2019 requires a broad array of skills. This can be beyond the expertise of most in-house IT groups maintained by smaller businesses. Progent's team of subject-matter experts offers as-needed access to the knowledge you require for any aspect of hybrid network deployment and management. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified and Cisco-certified consulting experts, project managers, and information security specialists can help your business to determine the advantages of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 for your company and build a hybrid environment based on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 that delivers maximum business value.
The Right Moment to Upgrade
The release of Windows Server 2019 was accompanied by the notification of End-of-Support (EOS) status for Microsoft's popular Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 products. The result is that there will be no additional security fixes onsite, no other updates, no free support options, and no online technical updates. Because of this, security and compliance will be more challenging, support costs may go up, and network robustness may suffer.
If your organization could use expertise moving up to Windows Server 2019 from Windows Server 2008 or another legacy version of Windows Server, Progent offers the skills to make your migration efficient, affordable, and fast. Progent's Windows experts can help you:
Versions and Installation Alternatives for Windows Server 2019
- Inventory your applications and server roles running on your current Windows Servers
- Move your VMs to the Progent Cloud or move to the latest release of self-hosted Windows Server or to Azure
- Optimize your configuration to minimize costs, manage assets, and enhance data security across hybrid applications
Windows Server 2019 is available in the value-priced Standard edition and the high-end Datacenter edition. The Datacenter edition permits unlimited VMs whereas the Standard version supports two VMs. The Datacenter edition also includes powerful technologies like Shielded Virtual Machines, Network Controller, Host Guardian Service (HGS), Storage Replica, SDN network management, and Storage Spaces Direct. Most of these technologies are described in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 expertise.
Windows Server 2019 has two installation alternatives: Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience. The Server Core option has a small footprint and has no local interface but supports all server roles. This so-called "headless" mode needs to be managed remotely, for example with Power Shell or Remote Server Administration Tools. Server with Desktop Experience option is a full installation and includes a rich graphical user interface for local management. Progent's experts can help your company to select the versions and deployment options most appropriate for your environment, comprehend Microsoft's licensing requirements, and choose an efficient on-premises, cloud, or hybrid deployment architecture.
Top New Features of Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 offers enhancements in scale, throughput, manageability, virtualization, data security, hybrid networking, availability, orchestration, Linux compatibility, and other important enhancements. Versions of Windows Server 2019 licensed under Microsoft's Semi-Annual Channel model are updated twice annually, making new features available more quickly than under Microsoft's LTSC model.
Windows Server 2019 offers significant increases in capacity compared to Microsoft Windows Server 2016:
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2019
Max raw capacity per cluster
Max raw capacity per server
Max number of volumes
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Other headline enhancements in Windows Server 2019 include:
Ways Progent Can Assist You with Windows Server 2019
- Cluster Sets is a technology that supports dramatic expansion in cluster node count in a virtual data center by grouping numerous smaller Failover Clusters into a single massive, uniformly controlled interconnected topology. Network managers can seamlessly move virtual machines across the Cluster Set fabric and control every facet of a Failover Cluster from initial deployment to retirement. Clusters joined within a Cluster Set can take advantage of additional storage and RAM in a separate cluster without requiring you to buy additional equipment. CPU and storage assets do not need to be the same, and resiliency matches or exceeds conventional Failover Clusters.
Before Windows Server 2019, large numbers of Hyper-V clusters for VMs were cumbersome to manage and expand
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 features Cluster Sets for centralized management of failover clusters
- Storage Replica has been included in the Standard version of Windows Server 2019. Storage Replica offers advanced disaster recovery capability and is described in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica consulting. New capabilities of Storage Replica in Windows Server 2019 include a test failover option that permits you to put a target volume online temporally for testing and backup. In addition, administrators can now control Storage Replica with the new Windows Admin Center, which offers a GUI utility for managing operations like cluster-to-cluster and stretch cluster replication.
- Storage Spaces Direct enhancements include deduplication and compression for ReFS volumes, integrated support for storage-class persistent memory, support for using a commodity flash drive to act as a witness with dual-server clusters, greater scale (up to 4 PB for each cluster), twice the throughput for mirror-accelerated parity volumes, outlier detection for drive latency, and improved fault tolerance by selectively changing the limit of volume allocation. Storage Spaces Direct technology is described in Microsoft Windows Storage Spaces Direct consultants.
- Storage Migration Service simplifies the task of moving storage from legacy servers to newer releases of Windows Server or Azure. You can utilize Storage Migration Service to migrate to current physical devices or to VMs. The tool automatically inventories Windows and Linux servers and their data; moves files, shares, and policy settings to their intended hosts; and allows new hosts to assume the identity of your legacy servers so users and applications can have access to existing data without making any changes. Windows Admin Center's graphical interface can control many concurrent migration processes.
- Expanded Linux support allows you to run Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise, and SUSE Enterprise Server on shielded VMs. Shielded Virtual Machines capability is discussed in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Shielded VMs consulting.
- Windows Admin Center is a new web-based application installed locally for controlling servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) running Storage Spaces Direct, Windows 10 computers, and Azure-hosted VMs. Windows Admin Center can be utilized to manage Windows Server 2012 and later. Windows Admin Center is an "in-box" management tool and so can be utilized to manage servers on private networks disconnected from the public Internet. By posting the Windows Admin Center gateway server to the public Internet, you can administer your servers securely from anywhere.
Windows Admin Center permits you to administer on-premises and Azure cloud virtual machines from a single pane of glass
- Container orchestration with Kubernetes, the open-source open-source management system for Docker containers, includes improved capability such as being able to use embedded network security to protect both Windows and Linux services. For a discussion of containers on Windows Server, refer to Microsoft Windows Server containers consulting.
- Deduplication and Data Compression for Resilient File System (ReFS) Volumes allows an order of magnitude more data on a specified ReFS volume. The ReFS file system, introduced in Windows Server 2012, integrates silicon high-performance tiers for handling hot data along with HDD/SDD capacity tiers for scale and resilience.
- Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) comes with Windows Server 2019 as an integrated capability requiring no additional license and no agent software to install.
- Encrypted Networks is a function that encrypts traffic between virtual machines communicating within subnets set to be Encryption Enabled. Datagram Transport Layer Security on the virtual subnet prevents anyone accessing the physical network from looking at, altering, or spoofing network data. Traffic between encrypted subnets is unencrypted.
- A USB Flash Drive plugged into your router can be used as a witness in two-server clusters under Storage Spaces Direct. With this economical, easy-to-configure technique, when a server fails and then returns to operation, the USB drive cluster can let you know which server has the more current data.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 permits a USB Flash drive to server as a witness in two-server clusters
- LEDBAT automatically avoids network traffic jams by taking up bandwidth only during periods when the network is being sparsely used. LEDBAT enables an organization to send massive, important updates across a corporate network without degrading the responsiveness of business-critical applications.
- System Insights uses predictive analytics and machine learning to inform capacity planning. System Insights runs internally on each Microsoft Windows Server 2019 instance and analyses performance stats and events to forecast capacity needs in important areas including utilization for volumes, total storage capacity, processing, and networking.
- Windows Time Service works with the new time synchronization method known as Precision Time Protocol and provides correct time during a leap second. Windows Server 2019 also supports software time-stamping and clock source stability. These capabilities provide improved accuracy and precision, comply with UTC and other standards like as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and support various time-sensitive workloads. Because network setup requires care to support the PTP protocol, NTP is still the default synchronization technique for Microsoft Windows Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help your organization to plan and implement an efficient upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2019 using an on-prem deployment model or a hybrid on-premises/cloud-hosted architecture. Progent can help you to configure the new Storage Migration Service to cut down effort and expense from the task of moving from legacy Microsoft Windows Server platforms as old as Windows Server 2003, and Progent can show you how to take advantage of new features of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 to enhance throughput, scale, availability, and ease of management. Progent's Exchange Server 2019 experts can help you to configure Exchange Server 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport roles and management tools, which require Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Progent's Microsoft SQL Server 2019 configuration experts can assist your organization to integrate Microsoft's flagship database platform with Microsoft Windows Server 2019 to handle your critical workloads in a leading-edge IT environment.
Progent's data security experts can assist you to adhere to best practices to create an up-to-date security environment that is consistent across local and cloud-based assets as well as mobile end points. Progent can help you to configure proactive data security monitoring and management using an effective combination of security solutions from Microsoft as well as other leading providers. Progent also offers security audits to ensure that your network complies with regulatory and industry cybersecurity mandates such as SOX, PCI DSS 3.2, and FedRAMP.
Progent's roster of Cisco-certified CCIE network experts is among the largest of any independent IT support firm in the U.S. Progent can assist your business to plan, deploy and manage a resilient and affordable hybrid network infrastructure that delivers the modern high-availability and disaster recovery technologies built into Windows Server 2019. Progent's disaster recovery preparedness consultants can help you create and validate a comprehensive solution for recovering rapidly from any anticipated disaster.
To help you to manage your Windows Server 2019 and Windows Hyper-V environment, Progent can provide a range of expertise such as Windows Admin Center deployment, PowerShell scripting, SC Virtual Machine Manager hybrid on-prem/cloud management expertise, and System Center Operations Manager deployment. Progent also offers the ProSight family of remote monitoring and management (RMM) outsourcing services that provide small and middle-size businesses (SMBs) an economical and effective solution for network management.
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Progent's Online Consulting and Troubleshooting Services
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Contact Progent for Expertise with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
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