Nano Server

  • You can now choose to install as Nano Server
  • Support for DNS Server and IIS server roles
  • Support for MPIO, VMM, SCOM, DSC push mode, DCB, Windows Server Installer and the WMI provider for Windows Update
  • Recovery Console now supports repairing network configurations
  • Windows PowerShell now comes with a module to make it easier to create new Nano Server images
  • Update module to build Nano Server images with a better separation of physical host and guest virtual machine functionality and support for different Windows Server editions
  • Improved Recovery Console with separation of inbound and outbound firewall rules
  • You can now repair the configuration of WinRM in the Recovery Console

Hyper-V

  • Hot add and remove of memory and Network Interface Controller
  • Virtual machines are now resilient, meaning they can keep running while their cluster fabric may fail
  • Rolling upgrade support
  • Hyper-V Containers are now encapsulated in a light weight virtual machine

Containers

  • Improved performance
  • Network management for containers has been simplified
  • Support for Windows containers on Windows 10

Networks

  • PacketDirect on 40G
  • NIC are converged across tenant and RDMA trafic
  • You can now mirror and route traffic to new or existing virtual appliances
  • Enables distributed firewalls and Network security groups similar to Azure
  • You can now manage the entire Software-defined networking stack with System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Docker can now be used to manage Windows Server container networking

Storage

  • Virtual Machine Storage Path resiliency
  • Storage replica support
  • Storage Spaces Direct can now aggregate from Storage Spaces on other servers

Management

  • PowerShell now has a Package Manager
  • PowerShell Desired State Configuration
  • Includes Windows Management Framework 5.0 April Preview and DSC Resource Kit
  • You can now run PowerShell.exe locally on Nano Server
  • New Local Users & Groups cmdlets to replace the GUI
  • PowerShell debugging support
  • Adds support for security logging and transcription and JEA in Nano Server

Security

  • Application authentication support for OAuth and OpenID Connect
  • Conditional control over access in the Active Directory Federation Services
  • Host Guardian Service provides security between the cloud and guest OS layers
  • Server-side support for HTTP/2
  • You can now restrict users to have permissions for specific tasks only with Just Enough Administration

Features

  • New "Encryption Supported" mode with more protections than for a normal virtual machine, but less than "Shielded" mode, while still supporting vTPM, disk encryption, Live Migration traffic encryption, and other features
  • Full support for converting existing non-shielded Generation 2 virtual machines to shielded virtual machines, including automated disk encryption
  • Shielded virtual machines are compatible with Hyper-V Replica

And further

  • Full OpenGL support including Remote Desktop Services for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Improved time accuracy in physical and virtual machines

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