Microsoft has published a new set of firmware updates for its Windows Server hard-disk management server and soft-disk appliance, making it easier to deploy soft-serve machines.
Windows Server Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 will receive the firmware update, which is available today in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
“We’re updating Windows Server 2016 with new features, including support for Hyper-V and other virtualization technologies,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
“In addition, we’re adding support for the new Server-wide Storage and Data Protection features that will help protect your servers from unauthorized access by malicious entities.
We also added an optional Hyper-Security Policy Management feature to help keep your servers up-to-date with security risks in your environment.”
The new server-wide storage and data protection features support the Windows Server Hyper-v and the Windows Hyper-Container virtualization platforms, which were added to the Windows platform in the release of Windows Server 2020.
“Microsoft Hyper-visors, the new Virtualization stack, and Hyper-VM will help ensure that your Server-to, Server-VM virtualization environments are always ready to go for your business,” Microsoft added.
“Server-to Server Virtualization will also be supported for new features in the future.”
For instance, Hyper-Storage Spaces, a feature that lets servers share storage resources across the virtual network, will be supported in Server 2019, while Hyper-Cloud and HyperIO will be coming to Server 2016.
Microsoft also announced a new service for Windows Server, which can help you keep track of the latest information about your servers and appliances.
For instance in Server 2016, you can see what virtual machines are running, and also get detailed information about what operating systems are running on your servers.
“This is just the beginning of our new partnership with Microsoft and VMware, which includes new features for you to discover and discover what you can do with our new Windows Server-based appliances and servers,” Microsoft wrote.
Microsoft said the new firmware update will be available for Windows and Windows Azure customers.
For more information about Microsoft’s Azure products, visit the company’s site.
Updated July 12, 2018 12:54 pm