Why Windows Server 2019 Standard
The new Windows Server 2019 Standard is the further development of the popular Windows Server 2016 operating system and is suitable for most infrastructure scenarios and also for workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft SharePoint. Beyond the security standards of Windows Server 2016, efficient functions are offered to protect against threats. For example, virtual machines (VMs) have been further developed to protect sensitive applications. Linux VMs are now also supported. Administrators can also easily encrypt network segments between servers. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is newly introduced. This offers preventive protection against attacks and zero-day exploits in Windows Server 2019 Standard. It also allows the entire security cycle to be managed centrally.
server management tool
The 2019 version of Windows Server makes hybrid cloud scenarios possible. The basis is Project Honolulu, which was introduced in 2017. Existing Windows Server environments can be easily connected to the new cloud services. The user can thus easily integrate Azure Backup, Disaster Recovery, Azure File Sync and other Microsoft services into existing infrastructures and applications. The “Project Honolulu” software was officially introduced at the same time as the release of Windows Server 2019. This server management tool is a central interface to manage servers running – with or without GUI – on Windows 2019, 2016 or 2012R2. Typical tasks such as performance monitoring or server configuration become easier as they are designed differently in Project Honolulu. Managing Windows Services in architectures with mixed servers has also been simplified.
Smaller containers and HCI infrastructures
Windows Server 2019 Standard supports developers more than before in modernising existing applications when they work with container technologies. The Server Core Basis container images of the operating system serve this purpose. Images can be reduced to a third of their current size. This also reduces the download time by about 72 percent. There is also support for the open-source container system Kubernetes. Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) are already known from Windows Server 2016 and the Windows Server Software Defined programme. Preconfigured HCI solutions are also useful in Windows Server 2019. They help meet compute and storage needs and are easy to deploy and scale. They can also be managed through Project Honolulu, greatly simplifying the day-to-day work with HCI implementations.
Windows Server 2019 extends performance and reliability
It is also possible to use them as Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH). Windows-based programmes or the entire desktop can be shared among users when they are running on the host. The new functions for storage management are also interesting. The Storage Migration Services (SMS) make it possible to update old file servers in particular to the 2019 version. In the process, data, access rights and settings are transferred. The storage migration transfers the identity of the old server to a new one, so that the previous computer can be taken off the network. The necessary tool is included in the Honolulu tools. Windows Server 2019 Standard also offers the Storage Replica feature. It was already included in the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2016 and is used for block-based replication of volumes between servers and clusters. Windows Server 2019 also offers a graphical user interface, which some users missed in the 2016 version.