Windows Server 2019 | Parallels Insights

Windows Server 2019 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s server operating systems. It has numerous features that were not available in the earlier versions, improving operations. Built on top of Windows Server 2016, it has enhanced its hybrid cloud infrastructure, security features, data centers and hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI).  

Along with an improved desktop experience and a new feature called System Insights that offers native predictive analytics capabilities, Windows Server 2019 has also improved its security features with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and Security with Software Defined Networking (SDN). Additionally, the update is surely set to be a hit with storage improvements like:

Storage Migration Services

The Storage Migration Service (SMS) allows IT admins to migrate any data—whether structured or unstructured—from any version of Windows Server into physical, Virtual Machines (VMs), Azure Files, or Azure IaaS. The SMS feature works together with the Windows Admin Center to deliver a fast, scalable, and consistent storage migration.

The SMS feature innovative is revolutionary in Windows Server 2019. It ships in Windows Server 2019 for both Standard and Datacenter editions. SMS allows IT admins to migrate not only data, but all the resources housing the data, such as permissions, network share names, server name, and the IP address of the legacy production hosts.

Organizations can use this feature to migrate from unsupported versions of Windows Server, such as Windows Server 2003 supported versions. To migrate from a legacy server to a new one, you need:

Enhancements in Windows Server 2019

There are various and wide-ranging enhancements in Windows Server 2019, including the following:

Standard Networking

The HTTP/2 and Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) are exciting new features. While LEDBAT helps with network congestion, HTTP/2 provides a faster web experience by sharing a single TCP connection across numerous requests to the same website. This is called multiplexing. With HTTP/2’s multiplexing capability, only the first request experiences the roundtrips required to establish the connection. In private home systems, we have long wanted a way to shape the way that various networking activities utilize the available networking bandwidth in an optimum way. 

Hyper-V Networking

Removing VMM or a third-party tool need to control the software-defined networking feature is a huge step. SDN is of great use to cloud and host providers as well as to large organizations that stretch the limits of VLANs. Still, SDN presents more than scalability; it also provides a higher degree of isolation. We have been using separate Hyper-V virtual switches for isolation, but those become complicated to use for multiple VMs, especially in clusters. Now, everyone can utilize SDN. 


The significant security enhancements of Windows Server 2019 are: 

Specialized Bus Support

Multiple problems are addressed with server virtualization, but there are still a few restrictions to virtual-only deployments. Hardware peripherals are at the top of these restrictions. The newly introduced bus functionality in Windows Server containers may offer a solution. It won’t be full virtualization, but it grants the ability to run a hardware-dependent container on a general-purpose host. 

Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center—previously called Project Honolulu—is a lightweight, browser-based tool for centralized management of Windows Server 2019. Windows Admin Center consolidates management functionalities such as the management of Windows Server, HCI clusters, and failover clusters via Edge and Google Chrome browsers.

Microsoft released the Windows Admin Center to address concerns from server admins who wanted a unified interface for server management. In Windows Server 2019, the Windows Admin Center feature handles several administrative tasks, such as:

IT admins can install Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019 and other supported iterations and Windows 10 in gateway mode. As a gateway server, Windows Admin Center allows multiple IT admins to manage Windows Server on non-Windows systems like Linux-based workstations centrally. IT admins who need to manage their Windows Servers remotely over the Internet can also use the feature.

To manage Windows Server, the WAC can use Windows Management Instrumentation over Windows Remote Management (WinRM) or PowerShell Remoting. While WAC does not use agents, it needs Windows Management Framework version 5.1 or a higher version on the target system.

Windows Server 2019: Summary of Features

Some of the other innovative features included in this latest release are:

Windows Server 2019 and Parallels RAS

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is an inclusive remote working solution. Organizations can use Parallels RAS to deliver centrally hosted Windows desktops and apps to any device installing them using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), Azure Virtual Desktop and Remote PC. Parallels RAS can also be delivered on-premises, public or via hybrid clouds, allowing users to access files and apps anywhere, at any time.

Parallels RAS is compatible with Windows Server 2019, enabling access to Windows Server 2019 apps and desktops from any location. As a VDI solution, Parallels RAS simplifies the deployment and management of Remote Desktop Services (RDS), a remoting protocol from Microsoft.

Organizations can use Parallels RAS to overcome the challenges of Microsoft RDS to securely deliver Windows desktops and apps with a native-like appearance to any end device, on any platform, including HTML5-ready browsers.

Parallels RAS also integrates with multiple hypervisors and hyper-converged systems, including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Scale Computing HC3 and Nutanix Acropolis (AHV). This allows IT admins to publish apps and desktops with minimal application conflicts. Most importantly, Parallels RAS offers a cost-effective and seamless VDI delivery.

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