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Microsoft’s Windows Server 1709: What’s missing

Alongside a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft delivered a initial underline refurbish for Windows Server 2016 this week.

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While some administrators are usually starting to flog a tires, they’ve already beheld a few warn omissions from that “Semi-Annual Channel” update, also famous as build 1709 (for September, a ninth month, of 2017.)

First, here’s a brief summation of what did make it into 1709.

As Microsoft pronounced would happen, a Server Core enclosure picture is about 60 percent smaller, while a Nano Server enclosure picture is scarcely 80 percent smaller, than they were in a strange chronicle of Windows Server 2016. Microsoft also combined a promised Linux enclosure with Hyper-V siege support to this release.

As Microsoft officials pronounced previously, the strange Nano Server has been “deprecated” and transposed by Nano using in a enclosure image. It seems few users were onboard with Microsoft’s pull to make Nano Server a smallest footprint chronicle of Windows Server, and so a repositioning was in order. The introduction of a new Windows Server graphical government tool, famous as “Project Honolulu” (in technical preview) also became partial of a new grand plan.

SMB1 and guest authentication dismissal also done it into this release, as did a series of other compute, storage, networking and remote-desktop services updates, listed in this Microsoft Docs article.

But a integrate of things were cut from 1709.

For one, a Essentials chronicle of Windows Server 2016 is gone.Windows Server 2016 Essentials book was a “cloud-connected” initial server for tiny businesses with adult to 25 users. Microsoft introduced a Essentials book in Oct 2016.

But in a list of Windows Server designation options in Microsoft’s “Getting Started” with 1709 post, there’s no discuss of Essentials. (Thanks to Directions on Microsoft for a heads-up.)

Windows Server 1709 is accessible usually in Standard and Datacenter editions. (As of Oct 19, Windows Server 1709 also accessible on Azure.) It’s also value observant that those installing 1709 usually get Server Core as an designation option, even yet Windows Server 2016 allows both Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience designation options.

I asked Microsoft either a association would continue to offer an Essentials chronicle of Windows Server in a destiny and have not listened back.

Here’s Microsoft’s list of that of a new 1709 facilities are in Standard and that are in Datacenter:

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Credit: Microsoft

In addition, Storage Spaces Direct is not in Windows Server 1709, as Microsoft acknowledges in a updated Release Notes for 1709.

Storage Spaces Direct spans Windows Server clusters and creates a train around that a servers can see all of any other’s internal drives. It was introduced as a underline of Windows Serve r2016 and described by Microsoft as “the substructure for a hyper-converged platform.”

I listened final month from one of my contacts that Microsoft wasn’t happy with a peculiarity of Storage Spaces Direct and so opted to retard it from being serviceable for all software-defined Datacenter aplications in 1709. Administrators can't supplement servers using 1709 to deployments of Windows Server 2016 where Storage Spaces Direct is being used.

The subsequent probable refurbish to Storage Spaces Direct might be partial of “Redstone 4,” a refurbish of Windows 10 customer and server due to start rolling out around Apr subsequent year.

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