Features in Windows Server 2019Time: Feb. 1, 2020
GUI for Windows Server 2019
A surprise for many enterprises that started to roll-out the Semi-Annual Channel versins
of Windows Server 2016 was the lack of a GUI for those releases. The Semi-Annual
Channel releases only supported ServerCore (and Nano) GUI-less configurations.
With the LTSC release of Windows Server 2019, IT Pros will once again get their desktop
GUI of Windows Server in addition to the GUI-less ServerCore and Nano releases.
With the release of Windows Server 2019, Microsoft will formally release their Project
Honolulu server management tool. Project Honolulu is a central console that allows IT
pros to easily manage GUI and GUI-less Windows 2019, 2016 and 2012R2 servers in
Early adopters have found the simplicity of management that Project Honolulu provides
by rolling up common tasks such as performance monitoring (PerfMon), server configuration
and settings tasks, and the management of Windows Services that run on server systems.
This makes these tasks easier for administrators to manage on a mix of servers in their environment.
Improvements in security
Microsoft has continued to include built-in security functionality to help organizations
address an “expect breach” model of security management. Rather than assuming firewalls
along the perimeter of an enterprise will prevent any and all security compromises, Windows
Server 2019 assumes servers and applications within the core of a datacenter have already
Windows Server 2019 includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
that assess common vectors for security breaches, and automatically blocks and alerts about
potential malicious attacks. Users of Windows 10 have received many of the Windows
Defender ATP features over the past few months. Including Windows Defender ATP on
Windows Server 2019 lets them take advantage of data storage, network transport and
security-integrity components to prevent compromises on Windows Server 2019 systems.
Smaller, more efficient containers
Organizations are rapidly minimizing the footprint and overhead of their IT operations
and eliminating more bloated servers with thinner and more efficient containers. Windows
Insiders have benefited by achieving higher density of compute to improve overall application
operations with no additional expenditure in hardware server systems or expansion of hardware capacity.
Windows Server 2019 has a smaller, leaner ServerCore image that cuts virtual machine overhead
by 50-80 percent. When an organization can get the same (or more) functionality in a significantly
smaller image, the organization is able to lower costs and improve efficiencies in IT investments.