Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is the perpetual-license version of Microsoft's server operating system. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 includes the updates to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 previously available exclusively through the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC). Microsoft Windows Server 2019 offers significant enhancements in scale, performance, manageability, cybersecurity, app compatibility, Linux co-existence, container technology, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud-hosted assets.
Top new features of Windows Server 2019 include Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid on-premises/cloud deployments, System Insights for utilizing modern predictive analytics to control on-premises networks, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion defense, container networking using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for deploying and administering massive high-availability scale-out clusters, and Microsoft's Storage Migration Service for streamlining the upgrade process from legacy releases of Windows Server.
Progent can help your organization to integrate Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with the latest releases of Microsoft's popular applications by providing services that include Exchange Server consulting, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 integration expertise, SQL Server 2017 upgrade services, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 planning and deployment, and Office 365 integration expertise. Progent's solution design, debugging and training support for Windows Server 2019 are available remotely and Progent also offers onsite support in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 makes Microsoft's Azure stack accessible to businesses of any size for building onsite data centers, private cloud solutions, or hybrid systems that integrate local resources with infrastructure and services hosted on private and public clouds.
Windows Admin Center allows onsite environments to access Azure cloud features
Most of modern companies deploy a combination of local and cloud-hosted resources to get the appropriate trade-off of control, affordability, performance, availability, and security/compliance they require. In some industries, compliance regulations require that certain types of network resources and information be managed locally. In other cases, corporate policies or legacy applications necessitate mission-critical software to be run locally. Windows Server 2019 offers a cloud-aware platform that allows you to build and manage powerful hybrid ecosystems that seamlessly utilize resources spread across on-premises data centers and the cloud.
Planning, configuring and managing optimized hybrid environments with Microsoft Windows Server 2019 demands a wide range of skills. This is beyond the comfort zone of typical IT groups in smaller organization. Progent's roster of experts offers on-demand access to the skills you require for any facet of hybrid network deployment and management. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified and Cisco-certified consulting experts, project managers, and information security specialists can help you to determine the advantages of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 for your organization and create a hybrid ecosystem powered by Windows Server 2019 that delivers maximum return on investment.
A Good Moment to Upgrade
The release of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 was accompanied by the announcement of End-of-Support (EOS) status for Microsoft's widely used Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 products. The result is that there will be no more security patches onsite, no other updates, no free support programs, and no online technical updates. Because of this, security issues will be more difficult, management costs may increase, and system reliability may drop.
If your business needs assistance upgrading to Microsoft Windows Server 2019 from WS 2008 or another legacy release of Microsoft Windows Server, Progent can provide the knowledge and experience to make your migration efficient, economical, and on-schedule. Progent's Windows experts can assist you to:
Editions and Installation Alternatives for Microsoft Windows Server 2019
- Document your applications and server roles running on your existing servers
- Move your virtual machines to the Progent Cloud or move to the latest release of self-hosted Windows Server or to Microsoft Azure
- Optimize your resources to minimize costs, manage assets, and strengthen data security across hybrid workloads
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is offered in the affordable Standard edition and the high-end Datacenter version. The Datacenter version permits unlimited server virtualization whereas the Standard version supports two VMs. The Datacenter edition also offers powerful technologies such as Shielded VMs, Network Controller, Host Guardian Service (HGS), Storage Replica disaster recovery, Software-defined Networking, and Storage Spaces Direct pooled storage. Most of these features are described in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 consulting services.
Windows Server 2019 has two installation alternatives: Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience. The Server Core option has a small attack surface and has no traditional desktop interface but handles all role-based workloads. This so-called "headless" version must be managed remotely, for example with Power Shell or Remote Server Administration Tools. Server with Desktop Experience alternative is a complete installation and features a rich graphical user interface (GUI) for local management. Progent's consultants can help your organization to determine the versions and installation alternatives most appropriate for your environment, comprehend Microsoft's licensing requirements, and pick an optimal onsite, cloud-based, or hybrid deployment architecture.
Top New Features of Windows Server 2019
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 offers improved scale, performance, manageability, virtualization, data security, hybrid networking, availability, orchestration, Linux compatibility, and other major enhancements. Versions of Windows Server 2019 licensed under the SAC model are updated twice a year, making new features available much sooner than under the LTSC release model.
Windows Server 2019 offers substantial increases in scale compared to Microsoft Windows Server 2016:
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Additional headline enhancements in Microsoft Windows Server 2019 include:
Ways Progent Can Help Your Organization with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
- Cluster Sets is a feature that allows orders of magnitude increases in cluster nodes in a Software Defined Data Center by combining numerous smaller Failover Clusters into a single large, centrally managed interconnected topology. Network managers can seamlessly migrate VMs throughout the Cluster Set fabric and control every facet of a Failover Cluster from onboarding to retirement. Clusters joined in a Cluster Set can take advantage of added disk storage and RAM in another cluster without requiring that you purchase more hardware. Compute and storage assets do not need to be identical, and resiliency matches or exceeds ordinary Failover Clusters.
Prior to Windows Server 2019, multiple Hyper-V clusters for virtual machines were complicated to manage and expand
Windows Server 2019 features Cluster Sets for unified control of failover clusters
- Storage Replica has been added to the Standard version of Windows Server 2019. Storage Replica offers advanced disaster recovery capability and is described in Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica consulting. Novel features of Storage Replica include a test failover option that permits you to put a target volume online temporally for verification and backup. In addition, you can now manage Storage Replica with the new Windows Admin Center, which provides a graphical tool for managing procedures like cluster-to-cluster and stretch cluster replication.
- Storage Spaces Direct enhancements include duplicate elimination and compression for Resilient File System volumes, native support for persistent memory (PMem), support for using a consumer flash drive to act as a witness with dual-server clusters, greater scale (as high as 4 PB for each cluster), twice the performance for mirror-accelerated parity volumes, outlier detection for physical drive latency, and the ability to increase fault tolerance by selectively delimiting volume allocation. Microsoft's Storage Spaces Direct features are discussed in Microsoft Windows Storage Spaces Direct deployment experts.
- Storage Migration Service streamlines the process of migrating storage from older servers to volumes in current versions of Windows Server or Azure. You can use Storage Migration Service to migrate to new hardware or to virtual machines. The utility inventories servers and their data; relocates files, shares, and security settings to their intended hosts; and permits new hosts to take over the identity of your source servers so users and applications can have access to their data without changing anything. Windows Admin Center's GUI can manage multiple concurrent migrations.
- Broader Linux support enables organizations to host Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server within shielded VMs. Shielded VMs capability is discussed in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Shielded Virtual Machines consulting.
- Windows Admin Center is a new web-based application deployed locally for managing servers, clusters, HCI infrastructure running Storage Spaces Direct, Windows 10 computers, and Azure-based VMs. Windows Admin Center can be utilized to manage Windows Server 2012 and later. Windows Admin Center is an "in-box" utility 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 manage your servers safely from anywhere.
Microsoft Windows Admin Center allows you to manage local and Azure cloud virtual machines from a centralized console
- Container orchestration with Kubernetes, the open-source management automation tool for Docker containers, includes enhanced capability like the ability to utilize embedded security tooling to protect both Windows and Linux services. For a discussion of containers on Windows Server, refer to Microsoft Windows Server containers consultants.
- Deduplication and Data Compression for Resilient File System (ReFS) Volumes supports an order of magnitude more data on a given Resilient File System (ReFS) volume. Microsoft's ReFS file system, introduced in Microsoft Windows Server 2012, combines silicon performance tiers for hot data along with HDD/SDD high-capacity tiers for volume and fault tolerance.
- Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) comes with Windows Server 2019 as an integrated feature requiring no special license and no agent installation.
- Encrypted Networks is a function that encrypts traffic between VMs communicating within subnets that are designated as Encryption Enabled. Datagram Transport Layer Security on the virtual subnet prevents anyone accessing the physical network from looking at, modifying, 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. Using this affordable, no-hassle technique, when a server fails and then returns to operation, the USB drive cluster can tell you which of the servers contains the more current data.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 permits a USB Flash drive to act as a witness in two-server clusters
- Low Extra Delay Background Transport automatically avoids network congestion by taking up bandwidth only if the network is being sparsely used. This enables you to send massive, critical updates throughout an enterprise network without impacting the responsiveness of mission-critical services.
- System Insights uses advanced analytics and machine learning to simplify capacity planning. System Insights runs locally on each Windows Server 2019 instance and looks at performance stats and system events to predict capacity needs in important areas including utilization for volumes, total storage capacity, CPU, and networking.
- Windows Time Service supports the modern time synchronization method called Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and delivers correct time during a leap second. Windows Server 2019 also supports time traceability and clock source stability. These features provide improved accuracy and precision, comply with UTC and other standards like as FINRA, and meet the requirements of various time-sensitive applications. Because network configuration demands care to support PTP, NTP is still the default synchronization method for Microsoft Windows Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you to design and carry out a cost-effective migration to Windows Server 2019 using a local network architecture or a hybrid on-premises/cloud-hosted model. Progent can help you to use the new Storage Migration Service to trim away effort and cost from the process of moving from legacy Windows Server releases as far back as Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Progent can help you to benefit from the latest functions of Windows Server 2019 to improve performance, expandability, availability, and manageability. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 support experts can assist you to configure Exchange Server 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport roles and management utilities, which depend on Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Progent's Microsoft SQL Server 2019 experts can assist you to integrate Microsoft's flagship database engine with Windows Server 2019 to run your vital workloads in a modern network environment.
Progent's certified data security consultants can assist you to adhere to leading practices to create an up-to-date information security environment that is consistent across on-premises and cloud resources and mobile end points. Progent can help you to set up centralized security monitoring using an effective mix of cybersecurity solutions from Microsoft and other leading providers. Progent also offers security audits to ensure that your IT environment meets regulatory and industry information security mandates like SOX, ISO 27001, and PCI DSS 3.2.
Progent's roster of Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure consultants is one of the largest of any independent IT services firm in the U.S. Progent can help you to design, configure and manage a modern and affordable hybrid network infrastructure that incorporates the modern high-availability and disaster recovery technologies included with Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Progent's disaster recovery planning experts can help your organization create and test an end-to-end strategy for rebounding rapidly from any foreseen disaster.
To assist your company to manage your Microsoft Windows Server 2019 and Hyper-V environment, Progent offers a variety of expertise such as Windows Admin Center consulting, PowerShell programming, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) hybrid on-prem/cloud management consulting, and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) consultants. Progent also has assembled the ProSight line of remote monitoring and management (RMM) outsourcing services that give small and mid-size businesses an economical and efficient option for server and endpoint management.
Progent's Online Consulting Support and Debugging Services
Progent has 20 years of background delivering rapid, top-tier remote technical consulting and troubleshooting support and has delivered online support to organizations in every state in the US and across Canada. (See Progent's Client Testimonials.) Progent also offers on-premises support in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Progent offers as-needed support to assist your company to resolve occasional IT issues or comprehensive project management outsourcing help.
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Contact Progent for Expertise with Windows Server 2019
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