Windows Server 2022 builds on the technology behind Windows Server 2019 and related products to provide improvements in key areas that include multi-layer security, native support in Azure for popular Windows Server workloads, unified management for hybrid on-prem and multi-cloud deployments, plus higher availability for Azure-hosted VMs.
Notable innovations in Windows Server 2022 and associated technology include:
- Support for Secured-core server hardware protects against sophisticated cyber attacks
- Default support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 provides security for communication channels
- Support for AES-256-GCM and AES-256-CCM cryptographic suites deliver military-grade SMB encryption
- DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) allows DNS queries between Windows Server 2022's DNS client and the DNS server to travel across an encrypted HTTPS connection rather than in plain text. This protects the DNS query from exposure to untrusted third parties.
- The introduction of Azure Arc enables you to manage Windows and Linux physical and virtual servers hosted outside Azure (including on-prem and on multiple cloud providers) the same way you manage Azure-hosted VMs, providing a consistent management experience across your hybrid infrastructure
- Hotpatching improves availability by allowing you to install planned updates on new Windows Server Azure Edition virtual machines (VMs) without the need to reboot after installation
- Reducing the Windows Container image size by as much as 40% results in faster startup and higher performance
- Updated Windows Admin Center simplifies the process of containerizing .NET applications
- Storage bus cache for standalone servers (not members of a Failover Cluster) can, like Storage Spaces Direct, cache slower and less-expensive disk media with fast solid-state disks (SSDs) to improve read/write performance affordably. For a discussion of Storage Spaces Direct, see Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct consultants.
Progent's certified Windows Server experts can assist your organization to integrate Windows Server 2022 with current releases of Microsoft's core applications by delivering services such as Exchange Server consulting, SQL Server 2019 integration expertise, SharePoint 2019 development, and Microsoft 365 expertise. Progent's consulting, debugging, and education services for Windows Server 2022 are available online and Progent also offers onsite consulting in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.
Managing a Hybrid Cloud Environment with Windows Server 2022
You can integrate Windows Server 2022 into a seamless hybrid solution by using Azure Arc services. Azure Arc provides centralized management of governance, security, configuration, and monitoring for Windows and Linux physical or virtual servers throughout your hybrid network. This includes servers located on premises, hosted on Azure, on multiple public clouds such as AWS EC2 instances and Google Cloud, or in various edge deployments. By installing the Azure Connected Machine agent on each server, you can create a unified management experience that treats every system enrolled in a hybrid environment as an Azure resource that can benefit from standard Azure constructs such as Azure Policy and the application of tags.
Azure Arc unifies management of Windows and Linux servers hosted within and outside of Azure
Designing, implementing, managing, and troubleshooting cost-effective hybrid solutions that incorporate Windows Server 2022 requires in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience that is beyond the scope of most IT teams in small and midsize companies. Progent's roster of subject-matter experts (SMEs) can provide as-needed guidance for any aspect of hybrid network design and support. Progent's Microsoft-certified and Cisco-certified consultants, project managers, and network security experts can assist you assess the potential benefits of Windows Server 2022 for your business and build a hybrid IT environment that incorporates Windows Server 2022 and that provides maximum business value.
Migration Expertise from Progent
If you need guidance moving to Windows Server 2022 from an earlier version of Windows Server, Progent can provide the knowledge to make your migration smooth, within budget, and on schedule. Progent can help you:
Editions and Installation Options for Windows Server 2022
- Inventory your applications and server roles running on your current Windows Servers
- Move your VMs from earlier versions of Windows Server to Windows Server 2022
- Review compliance and harden security across hybrid workloads
- Design a server management solution based on the most appropriate platforms for your situation
Windows Server 2022 is available in Standard, Datacenter, and Datacenter: Azure Edition versions. Datacenter editions support Software-defined Networking (SDN), Storage Spaces Direct, unlimited virtual machines and Hyper-V isolated Containers (vs. two each for the Standard Edition), plus Host Guardian Hyper-V Support. Only Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition has support for Hotpatching. Most of these technologies are discussed in Windows Server 2016 consulting services.
The two installation options available for Windows Server 2022 are Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience. Server Core supports conventional applications and role-based workloads but does not have a traditional desktop interface. This so-called "headless" version has the advantage of a small footprint with a correspondingly small attack surface, but it must be managed remotely via the command line, PowerShell, or a GUI utility such as Windows Admin Center. The Server with Desktop Experience option is a full installation and features a comprehensive GUI that permits local management. Progent's consultants can assist you to select the editions and installation options most appropriate for your environment, understand Microsoft's licensing requirements, and design a value-driven on-prem, cloud-hosted, or hybrid deployment model.
How Progent Can Help You with Windows Server 2022
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you to plan and carry out an efficient and effective migration to Windows Server 2022 using your existing network model or a new on-premises, cloud-hosted, or hybrid architecture. Progent can show you how to use Microsoft's Storage Migration Service to save time and expense during the task of upgrading from legacy Windows Server releases, and Progent can help you take advantage of advanced features of Windows Server 2022. Progent's Exchange Server 2019 experts can advise you on optimizing the configuration of Exchange Server 2022 Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles and management utilities. Progent's SQL Server 2019 specialists can assist you to integrate Microsoft's flagship database platform with Windows Server 2022 to handle your key workloads in a modern network environment. In addition, Progent's VMware experts can help you onboard your on-premises VMware virtual machines to Azure Arc for Azure Management using the Azure Migrate: Discovery and Assessment utility.
Progent's certified network security consultants can assist you to adhere to industry best practices to build an advanced, uniform security profile across on-premises and cloud-hosted resources and mobile assets. Progent can assist your organization to implement proactive security monitoring and management by deploying cutting-edge cybersecurity technology and services from Microsoft and third-party vendors. Progent's security audit experts can assess your compliance with government and industry cybersecurity regulations and standards.
Progent's team of Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts is one of the largest of any independent IT services firm in the U.S. Progent can help you configure and maintain a reliable hybrid network infrastructure that utilizes the high-availability and disaster recovery technologies built into Windows Server 2022. Progent's disaster recovery experts and business continuity consultants can assist your company to design and validate a detailed strategy for restoring IT services rapidly after a catastrophe.
To streamline the management of your Windows Server 2022 network, Progent offers a selection of services such as Azure Arc expertise, Windows Admin Center consulting, PowerShell scripting, System Center Virtual Machine Manager hybrid cloud management consulting, and System Center Operations Manager integration. Progent also offers the ProSight family of remote monitoring and management (RMM) services that offer small and midsize companies an affordable and effective alternative to using in-house IT staff for managing servers and network infrastructure.
Progent's Online Consulting and Troubleshooting Services
Progent has more than 20 years of experience providing online IT consulting and troubleshooting support and has delivered remote technical support to organizations in every state in the U.S. (Refer to Progent's Customer Testimonials.) Progent can also provide on-premises consulting and support services in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Progent can deliver as-needed expertise to help you resolve stubborn technical problems as they occur or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management outsourcing and co-sourcing services for major IT initiatives.
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Contact Progent for Help with Windows Server 2022
For more information about Progent's consulting and troubleshooting services for Windows Server 2022, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.