Microsoft Windows Server 2022 preview

Effective March 2, 2021, Microsoft Windows Server 2022 is available in preview and will be generally available later in 2021 as part of Microsoft’s Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).

Windows Server 2022 LTSC is for customers that need the most stable build of Windows Server with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.

New features include:

  • New advanced multilayer security, hybrid capabilities with Azure and a flexible application platform
  • Secured-core server building on technologies such as Windows Defender System Guard and Virtualization-based Security to minimize risk from firmware vulnerabilities and advanced malware
  • Secured connectivity by introducing several new capabilities such as faster and more secure encrypted HTTPS connections and industry standard SMB AES 256 encryption
  • Improved hybrid server management, an enhanced event viewer and many more new capabilities in Windows Admin Center
  • Improvements to Windows containers, such as smaller image size for faster download, simplified network policy implementation and containerization tools for .NET applications

For the announcement, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2021/03/02/announcing-windows-server-2022-now-in-preview/.

For more details on the release of Windows Server 2022, please visit this Microsoft Ignite session: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/8c615c6a-64ef-4c40-8ede-7eed49bc92bc?source=sessions.

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host

According to the August 2019 Microsoft Product Terms, Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit now includes options for the Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host. The main aspects of Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and SQL Server remain unchanged. Here’s a summary of the rules for both Windows Server and SQL Server.

What does this benefit offer for Windows Server on Azure Dedicated Host?

Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server on Azure Dedicated Host can be used in three ways:

  • Standard edition: Customers with Windows Server Standard edition are entitled to 2 instances, similar to how Azure Hybrid Benefit applies to Windows Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VM) on shared servers. Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Standard Edition licenses must be used either on-premises or in Azure although customers get 180 days of concurrent use rights while they are migrating their servers. Continue reading Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host

Microsoft FSLogix Licensing

Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. Now, all customers can access this service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and enjoy built-in security.

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Microsoft Windows Server & SQL Server 2008 & 2008 R2 – End of Support

Microsoft announced the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

  • Extended Support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 ends July 9, 2019.
  • Extended Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 ends January 14, 2020.

End of support means the end of security updates, which may leave your business exposed to security risks and compliance concerns. Microsoft recommends two possible paths: You can migrate to Azure with free security updates or you can upgrade on-premises to current versions of Windows Server and SQL Server. If you need additional time to manage the transition, you can get three years of Extended Security Updates to keep your workloads protected beyond the deadlines.

For more information please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-sql-server-2008. Under the following link you also find helpful answers to frequently asked questions regarding the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/extended-security-updates.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 On-Premises Licenses available

Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Hence, Microsoft Windows Server 2016 version licenses have been removed from price lists.

The price increase of around 10 percent for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 includes Enterprise Client Access License (CAL), Core CAL, Core CAL Bridge Product Families, and Enterprise CAL Bridge Product Families products – except Campus (Enrollment for Education Solutions) and School programs.

Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 Extended Security Updates

Microsoft announce Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2. Extended Security Updates will be available for purchase as we approach the end of support timeline for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

  • Extended Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9th, 2019.
  • Extended Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14th, 2020.

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Microsoft 16-Core Pack Licenses available in Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA)

In May 2017, Microsoft introduced new 16-Core Pack Licenses for Windows Server, System Center, and Core Infrastructure Suite (CIS) in addition to the existing 2-Core Pack Licenses. For November 2017, Microsoft is expanding these 16-Core Pack Licenses to Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). This new Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) will be a convenient option for customers licensing servers with 16 or fewer cores. It can also serve as an optional base pack for licensing servers with more cores. The 2-Core Pack Licenses will continue to be available, and customers have the choice of two SKUs. There are no changes in the Product Terms and licensing requirements and customers must still license all physical cores on their servers. There is also no difference in pricing between one 16-Core Pack and eight 2-Core Packs.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Servicing Channels

Microsoft announce that Microsoft Windows Server 2016 will have a new option for releasing updates which will align to the upcoming servicing channels for Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. There will be two primary release channels available to Microsoft Windows Server customers: the Long Term Servicing Channel (replacing the Long Term Servicing Branch) and the new Semi Annual Channel.

For further information – including device compatibility and servicing tools – read the full Microsoft article here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/semi-annual-channel-overview.

Microsoft Premium Assurance Pricing Series 2

In July 2017, the second series of Microsoft Premium Assurance is launching. As explained in an earlier post, the pricing of Microsoft Premium Assurance will constantly rise. The following table provides an overview of the different Microsoft Premium Assurance Series and the corresponding pricing evolution:

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Microsoft 16-Pack Core Licenses Available

Microsoft is introducing a new 16-pack of Core Licenses for Windows Server, System Center, Core Infrastructure Suites (CIS) and Premium Assurance in May 2017 in addition to the existing 2-pack of Core Licenses. This new Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) will be a convenient option for customers licensing servers with 16 or fewer cores. It can also serve as an optional base pack for licensing servers with more than 16 cores. The 2-pack Core Licenses will continue to be available, and customers have the choice of two SKUs. There are no changes in the Product Terms and licensing requirements and customers must still license all physical cores on their servers. There is also no difference in pricing between one 16-pack and eight 2-packs.