Recently, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3. There are number of improvements and new features in Windows Server 2016 but it comes with top 2 new features. These are Windows Server Containers and Nano Server. A highlighted new feature for this release is the Windows Server Containers. This is the first step in bringing containers to the Windows Server. Containers provide users with a way to run applications isolated from the rest of the operating environment.
Windows Server Containers are part of the Docker open source project based on Linux technology. Docker and Microsoft are partnering to bring both Windows Server and Docker containers to Windows, and allowing developers to manage them with the standard Docker tools. These containers can be deployed and managed either using PowerShell or the Docker container-deployment client. Hyper-V containers are not yet built into this preview but it will be available in later preview builds. Eventually, Docker will be able to manage both Hyper-V Containers and Windows Server Containers.
Windows Server 2016 TP3 also includes updates to the Nano Server deployment mode. There’s a new Emergency Management Console allowing users to view and fix their networking configurations directly from the Nano Server console. Nano Server offers an option of running Windows Server stripped down to its smallest footprint. Nano Server is approximately 1/20th the size of Windows Server Core.
You can download Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 ISO from Microsoft website. Microsoft advises that preview release should not be used in production environments. You can read all the new features come with Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 at Microsoft TechNet website.
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