Windows Server 2019 is the perpetual-license version of Microsoft's server OS. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 includes all the updates for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 previously offered exclusively via Microsoft's Semi-Annual Channel (SAC). Microsoft Windows Server 2019 features important enhancements in scale, performance, management, cybersecurity, app compatibility, Linux support, container networking, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud assets.
Headline enhancements of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid on-premises/cloud resources, System Insights for utilizing advance predictive intelligence to control local networks, Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container orchestration with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets technology for deploying and administering large non-stop scale-out clusters, and Storage Migration Service for streamlining the migration from outdated versions of Windows Server.
Progent can assist your organization to integrate Windows Server 2019 with current versions of Microsoft's key applications by delivering services that include Exchange Server support, Microsoft SQL Server 2019 integration expertise, SQL Server 2017 upgrade consulting, SharePoint 2019 design and integration, and Office 365 integration consulting. Progent's consulting, debugging and education support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are offered online and Progent also provides onsite support in metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Hybrid Cloud Integration with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 makes Microsoft's Azure stack accessible to organizations of all sizes for building onsite data centers, private clouds, or hybrid architectures that integrate on-prem resources with resources hosted on the cloud.
Windows Admin Center enables onsite environments to leverage Azure cloud features
The majority of today's companies deploy a combination of on-premises and cloud-based resources to deliver the appropriate trade-off of control, affordability, throughput, availability, and security they require. For some industries, regulations demand that specific types of network resources and data be retained internally. In other instances, corporate standards or compatibility issues necessitate line-of-business applications to be hosted locally. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 offers a cloud-aware solution that permits you to build and administer powerful hybrid networks that seamlessly utilize resources distributed across local facilities and the cloud.
Planning, configuring and administering efficient hybrid environments with Windows Server 2019 requires a wide array of knowledge and experience. This can be beyond the expertise of most IT staffs in smaller businesses. Progent's roster of subject-matter experts offers as-needed access to the skills you require for any aspect of hybrid network implementation and management. Progent's Microsoft-certified and Cisco-certified consultants, project managers, and cybersecurity professionals can help your business to determine the advantages of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 for your organization and build a hybrid ecosystem powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2019 that offers maximum business value.
A Good Moment to Migrate
The introduction of Windows Server 2019 coincided with the notification of End-of-Support status for Microsoft's popular Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 products. This means there will be no additional security updates on-premises, no other updates, no free support programs, and no online technical updates. Because of this, security and compliance will become more difficult, maintenance costs may increase, and system robustness may suffer.
If your organization could use expertise upgrading to Microsoft Windows Server 2019 from WS 2008 or from another legacy release of Windows Server, Progent offers the knowledge and experience to make your migration efficient, affordable, and on-schedule. Progent's Windows experts can assist you to:
Versions and Deployment Alternatives for Windows Server 2019
- Inventory your applications and server roles running on your existing Windows Servers
- Move your VMs to the Progent Cloud or move to the latest release of on-premises Windows Server or to Microsoft Azure
- Optimize your configuration to reduce costs, manage resources, and strengthen security and compliance across hybrid applications
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is available in the value-priced Standard edition and the enterprise-class Datacenter version. The Datacenter version permits unlimited VMs while the Standard edition allows only two VMs. The Datacenter edition also offers advanced features like Shielded Virtual Machines, Network Controller, Host Guardian Service (HGS), Storage Replica, Software-defined Networking (SDN), and Storage Spaces Direct pooled storage. Most of these technologies are described in Windows Server 2016 consulting services.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 has two installation alternatives: Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience. Server Core has a minimal footprint and has no traditional desktop interface but supports all server roles. This "headless" mode is designed to be managed remotely, e.g. with Power Shell or Remote Server Administration Tools. The Server with Desktop Experience option is a complete installation and features a rich graphical user interface for local management. Progent's experts can assist you to choose the editions and deployment options best suited to your situation, understand Microsoft's licensing rules, and choose an optimal on-premises, cloud, or hybrid network architecture.
Top New Features of Windows Server 2019
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 offers improved expandability, performance, manageability, Hyper-V virtualization, data security, hybrid deployment support, disaster recovery, orchestration, Linux compatibility, and other important improvements. Editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 licensed under the Semi-Annual Channel model are updated twice annually, making new features available much sooner than with Microsoft's Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release model.
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 delivers substantial increases in capacity compared to Microsoft Windows Server 2016:
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Other notable improvements in Windows Server 2019 include:
Ways Progent Can Help Your Organization with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
- Cluster Sets is a technology that supports orders of magnitude increases in cluster nodes in a virtual data center by grouping numerous Failover Clusters into a single large, uniformly controlled fabric. Network managers can transparently migrate virtual machines across the Cluster Set fabric and manage all aspects of a Failover Cluster from initial deployment to retirement. Clusters included within a Cluster Set can benefit from extra disk storage and memory in a separate cluster without requiring you to buy additional equipment. Compute and storage assets do not have to be identical, and resiliency is as good or better than with ordinary Failover Clusters.
Before Windows Server 2019, multiple Hyper-V clusters for VMs were complicated to manage and modify
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 introduces Cluster Sets for unified management of failover clusters
- Storage Replica is now part of the Standard edition of Windows Server 2019. Storage Replica offers advanced disaster recovery support and is discussed in Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica consulting. Novel capabilities of Storage Replica include a test failover option that enables managers to bring a target volume online momentarily for testing and backup. Also, you can now manage Storage Replica with Microsoft Windows Admin Center, which provides a graphical utility for controlling operations like server-to-server and cluster-to-cluster replication.
- Storage Spaces Direct enhancements include deduplication and compression for Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes, native support for storage-class persistent memory, the ability to use a low-cost flash drive as a witness with two-server clusters, increased scale (as high as 4 PB per cluster), double the performance for mirror-accelerated parity volumes, outlier detection for drive latency, and improved availability by selectively changing the limit of volume allocation. Storage Spaces Direct features are discussed in Windows Storage Spaces Direct consulting.
- Storage Migration Service streamlines the process of moving storage from legacy servers to current versions of Windows Server or Azure. You can utilize Storage Migration Service to migrate to new physical devices or to virtual machines. The tool inventories multiple servers and their data; moves files, shares, and policy settings to their intended servers; and permits new hosts to take over the identity of the source servers so that your users and apps can have access to existing data without changing anything. Windows Admin Center's graphical interface can control many simultaneous migration processes.
- Expanded Linux support enables you to host Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Enterprise Server within shielded virtual machines. Microsoft's Shielded Virtual Machines capability is described in Windows Server 2016 Shielded Virtual Machines consulting.
- Windows Admin Center is a new web-based app installed on-premises for managing servers, clusters, HCI infrastructure with Storage Spaces Direct, Windows 10 devices, and Azure-based virtual machines. Windows Admin Center can be utilized 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 disconnected from the public Internet. By posting the Windows Admin Center gateway server to the public Internet, you can manage your servers securely from any location.
Microsoft Windows Admin Center permits you to administer local and Azure-hosted VMs from a centralized console
- Container orchestration with Kubernetes, the popular open-source management tool for Docker containers, includes enhanced features like the ability to use embedded network security to guard Windows and Linux services. For information about containers on Windows Server, refer to Microsoft Windows Server containers consulting.
- Deduplication and Compression for ReFS Volumes supports an order of magnitude more data on a given Resilient File System volume. The ReFS file technology, first released in Microsoft Windows Server 2012, integrates RAM-level high-performance tiers for handling hot data along with HDD/SDD capacity tiers for volume and fault tolerance.
- Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection comes with Windows Server 2019 as a built-in capability requiring no special license and no agent software to install.
- Encrypted Networks is a feature that encrypts traffic between virtual machines interacting within subnets set to be Encryption Enabled. Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) on the virtual subnet prevents anyone accessing the physical network from looking at, modifying, or faking network data. Traffic between encrypted subnets is not encrypted.
- A USB Flash Drive plugged into your router can be used as a witness in dual-server clusters under Storage Spaces Direct. With this affordable, easy-to-configure technique, when a server fails and then recovers, the USB drive cluster can say which server holds the fresher data.
Windows Server 2019 permits a USB Flash drive to act as a witness in two-server clusters
- LEDBAT automatically avoids network traffic jams by consuming bandwidth only if the network is being sparingly used. This enables an organization to publish massive, important updates throughout a corporate network without impacting the performance of mission-critical applications.
- System Insights uses advanced analytics to simplify capacity planning. System Insights runs locally on every Microsoft Windows Server 2019 instance and analyses performance counters and events to predict capacity requirements in key areas such as utilization for volumes, storage capacity, CPU, and networking.
- Windows Time Service works with the new time synchronization technique called Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and delivers accurate time during a leap second. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 also supports software time-stamping and clock source stability. These capabilities deliver greater accuracy and precision, allow compliance with UTC and other standards like as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and meet the requirements of various time-sensitive applications. Because network configuration requires care to implement the PTP protocol, Network Time Protocol (NTP) is still the default synchronization method for Microsoft Windows Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you to design and implement a cost-effective upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2019 using a local deployment model or a hybrid on-premises/cloud-hosted model. Progent can assist you to use the new Storage Migration Service to reduce time and cost from the process of moving from outdated Microsoft Windows Server releases as far back as Windows Server 2003, and Progent can help you to benefit from the latest features of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 to enhance throughput, scale, uptime, and manageability. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 experts can assist you to configure Exchange Server 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport roles and management utilities, which require Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Progent's SQL Server 2019 consulting and development experts can assist you to configure Microsoft's primary database engine with Windows Server 2019 to handle your vital applications in a modern IT environment.
Progent's certified cybersecurity experts can help your company to adhere to best practices to create an up-to-date security solution that is consistent across local and cloud resources and mobile devices. Progent can assist you to set up proactive security monitoring using an effective combination of cybersecurity tools and services from Microsoft as well as other leading providers. Progent also can run security assessments to confirm that your network meets government and industry cybersecurity mandates like SOX, PCI DSS 3.2, and FedRAMP.
Progent's roster of Cisco CCIE infrastructure consultants is one of the biggest of any independent IT support company in the United States. Progent can help your business to plan, configure and maintain a modern and cost-effective hybrid network architecture that incorporates the advanced high-availability and disaster recovery technologies included with Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Progent's disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts can assist your business plan and verify a comprehensive solution for recovering quickly from any anticipated disaster.
To assist your organization to support your Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server Hyper-V virtualized environment, Progent offers a variety of services like Windows Admin Center deployment, PowerShell programming, System Center Virtual Machine Manager hybrid cloud management consulting, and System Center Operations Manager integration. Progent also offers the ProSight line of remote monitoring and management (RMM) outsourcing services that provide small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) an affordable and effective option for network management.
Progent's Remote Consulting Support and Debugging Services
Progent has two decades of background delivering fast, high-level remote technical consulting and troubleshooting support and has provided remote support to clients in every state in the US and across Canada. (See Progent's Client Testimonials.) Progent also provides onsite assistance in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Progent offers as-needed support to help you to resolve challenging IT issues or end-to-end project management outsourcing and co-sourcing help.
If you are in need of urgent online help from a Microsoft-certified expert, see Progent's Remote Technical Support.
Contact Progent for Assistance with Microsoft Windows Server 2019
To learn more about Progent's consulting support and troubleshooting services for Microsoft Windows Server 2019, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.