The Ignite 2021 Conference from Microsoft is expected to be where the company would announce a number of its services and upgrades. The first on that list is Microsoft Windows Server 2022 Preview. The tech giant has released the preview version of Windows Server 2022, and it is now available for insider beta testers.
Windows Server 2022 Preview released
Microsoft plans to launch the public version of the server OS only at the end of 2021, but developers and early adopters can check out the new features until then. Despite the announcement during the event, Microsoft has not released an official blog post or an Insider Tech Community site entry about the Windows Server 2022 release.
To compete with the ongoing competition, Microsoft has planned to bring several features to the latest version of the server OS. Advanced encryption for SMB using the AES-256 protocol and full support for TLS 1.3 are some of the major features of the release. The new server would also have the version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium project.
Some sources indicate that Microsoft has added several security features as a part of the Secured-core PC. The new version should come with built-in protection against malicious drivers, unverified code execution, data access, and external threats, among the many other features.
“Windows Server 2022 enhances the seamless connectivity of file servers on-premises to file servers on Azure. Updates to Storage Migration Service allow customers to migrate file servers from NetApp FAS to Windows Servers. Using Storage Migration Service to migrate data to servers allows customers to maintain low latency while reducing their on-premises storage footprint,” Microsoft said.
Nevertheless, we cannot be sure about these features until we see an official blog post or Microsoft update. Though we have to wait for a few months to see the public release of Windows Server 2022, it will be a relief for many companies. This is because Windows Server 2022 is launched in the Long-Term Servicing Channel, which provides updates and security support for up to 10 years.
Out of these, five years will be mainstream support, while the other five years will be extended support. Even then, customers who use Windows Server 2022 on their enterprise networks should not have to worry about necessary upgrades anytime soon.
The LTSC nature of the OS version is one of the reasons why Microsoft is taking so much time to preview the OS, receive feedback from developers, and come up with a refined version.
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