Following an unusually low-key 2021 launch, Microsoft has released Windows Server 2022 to the general public
The new OS adds a fleet of new security capabilities, as well as beefed-up support for hybrid cloud scenarios and app modernisation.
With many still reliant on the soon-to-be-unsupported Windows Server 2012 to keep their infrastructures running, Microsoft's new Windows Server OS release has come just in time.
Still, there's a lot to consider before committing to an upgrade. To help, our Windows Server 2022 buying guide will get you started on the right foot.
ContentsKey features of Windows Server 2022
Understanding Windows Server 2022 editions
Top tips for buying a server
How to plan your Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 End of Support
Where to go to learn more about the technical capabilities of Windows Server 2022
Key features of Windows Server 2022
Windows Server 2022 introduces new technical capabilities designed to help modernise server environments. Microsoft is introducing plenty of new elements with the new OS, but these are three top features that you'll want to pay attention to:
Advanced multi-layered securityMicrosoft introduced numerous security enhancements in Windows Server 2022 to keep servers safe from new threats.
For example, Secured-core server offers advanced protection and preventive defence across hardware, firmware, and virtualization layers. Meanwhile, secure connectivity adds another layer to security during transport.
Hybrid capabilities with AzureNext, Windows Server 2022 has taken big steps towards making hybrid infrastructure management less of a headache with Azure Arc.
With it, users can manage lots more resources centrally, including:
Flexible application platform
Third, customers who upgrade to Windows Server 2022 can take advantage of scalability improvements and advancements to Windows containers.
Some key features highlighted in Microsoft's launch blog include HostProcess containers for node configuration, support for IPv6 and dual-stack, and consistent network policy implementation with Calico.
Understanding Windows Server 2022 editions
Windows Server 2022 is available in three tiers: Standard, Datacenter and Datacenter Azure. Here's a quick breakdown of the key features available in each tier:
Standard is ideal for physical or minimally virtualised environments and offers support for two VMs.
It keeps you flexible with one Hyper-V host per licence, two Virtual OSE/Hyper-V isolated containers, and unlimited Windows Server containers. It also offers streamlined hybrid integration across cloud and on-premises environments.
Perfect for highly virtualised environments, Datacenter has built-in software-defined storage and networking capabilities.
It offers limitless shielded VMs and includes all the powerful features of Windows Server 2022 Standard Edition.
Designed specifically for Azure, this edition offers an optimal cloud experience and even more added benefits.
Windows Server 2022 Datacenter Azure simplifies updates and can install them without rebooting thanks to hot patching. It also delivers secure network access to shared files without the hassles of setting up a VPN thanks to SMB over QUIC.
Our tips for buying a server
Whether you’re buying your first server or looking to replace an existing system, it can be hard to know what hardware will best meet your business needs. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here are a few helpful pointers to remember on your buying journey to ensure your chosen hardware is fit for purpose today – and tomorrow.
- Understand your requirements
- Outline a budget
- Establish the technology and capabilities that'll make your server tick
- Consider flexibility and ease of management
- Find the server that best protects your business
If any of these steps feel like a struggle, the best thing to do is to reach out to a specialist to make sure things go smoothly.
Windows Server 2012/R2 & SQL Server 2012 End of Support
SQL Server 2012 Extended Support will end on 12th July 2022, whilst Windows Server 2012/R2 Extended Support will end on 10th October 2023.
Some important things to note:
Customers can migrate workloads to Azure and get free Extended Security updates, but only in Azure. There is also one year of extended security updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 BUT this is also only on Azure.
Where to go for more information about Windows Server 2022
Our gift to you! We've found a hidden gem on the Microsoft website - an on-demand video of Microsoft's Windows Server Summit that features an in-depth look at Windows Server 2022 in action. Watch it to:
- Get the latest news and announcements about Windows Server 2022
- See hybrid infrastructure solutions in action with product demos
- Learn how to maximise your existing investments with Azure - the trusted cloud for Windows Server
- Hear product experts answer questions from the Windows Server community.
Here's the link to find out more: https://info.microsoft.com/ww-landing-windows-server-summit-On-Demand.html?lcid=en-us
Finally, as always, if you'd rather speak to a specialist to learn more about Windows Server 2022 instead of read articles or watch videos, we're here for you.
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