Windows Server 2016 is a product that is being eagerly awaited by IT professionals, developers, and advanced users. Microsoft knows users are very eager to try out the new Server software, but is doing it in preview builds. Thursday marked the latest Windows Server 2016 Preview release.
Microsoft issued the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 build on Thursday, and is giving its hardcore users ways to use it on test machines. The build officially became available on August 19th, and is slowly making its way across the Microsoft servers for all to try.
Windows Server Containers Included
The biggest thing that users will see in this techincal build are Window Servers containers. These containers will make it easier for users to run applications isolated from the rest of the operating environment. These continers will give developers isolated areas to run programs.
These containers are part of the Docker open source project, according to Microsoft, and they can be deployed or managed via PowerShell or the Docker container-deployment client. These containers are for advanced users, but they will give these users amazing new features.
Additional Updates Noted
The new software will also bring updates to Visual Studios and Visual Studio Online, and these also include containers that users can build with in Azure and other hosts. Updates to the Nano Server deployment mode also are noted, with a new emergency management console.
New network controller support is in the preview as well, and this will help with load balancing functionality, according to Microsoft’s blog post. The TechNet article on the Microsoft site, goes into very technical details about the improvements, and is very valuable if you are running this new software.
Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 is here. If you love beta software, and enjoy server software, it’s well worth the download to run and test out.