Aug 2016 – Prepare for Windows Server 2016


Starting August 1, 2016, Bay Area Systems began reviewing Windows Server 2016. Through utilization of Microsoft Windows Server 2016’s native Hyper-V virtualization technology, Bay Area Systems helped deployed web server farms, clustered database servers, remote desktop workstations, and cloud computing platforms. When businesses need Virtual Private Network (VPN) access and remote desktop services; rather than adding individual workstations to be used for remote office desktop connection needs, virtual workstations offer the same experience with greater efficiency. Clients praise our virtual machine solutions that are space saving (often one server can serve the needs of 10 servers and/or workstations, reducing the need to have these physical machines scattered around in the office); energy saving in terms of electricity needs as well as cooling requirements; easy deployment – adding a server or workstation is much faster than having to order an additional machine, and often may not be of the same exact specification; fast recovery – by utilizing the cloning feature, essential virtual machines can be cloned and quickly replaced should a catastrophic software error occurred.

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 will be embedded with Windows Server Containers, as well as Storage Replica with the ability to replicate entire volumes at the block level, both synchronous and asynchronous. Further extends clustering and disaster recovery capabilities.

Windows Server 2016 also supports rolling upgrades from Windows Server 2012 R2. The rolling cluster upgrade means upgrades can be performed without taking down the cluster or migrating to new hardware, and all members of the cluster will continue to operate.

Hyper-V virtual server provides one of the most stable platforms for virtual machines, and the multitude of tools available making cloning, clustering and failover available to support critical business needs. The time it takes to restore a cloned Microsoft Exchange Server in Hyper-V could be as little as 2 hours, compared to having to rebuild a physical server, reinstall Operating Systems and Exchange Server, setup accounts, and can easily take 6 to 8 hours and thousands of dollars. In Server 2016, you can now add NIC on the fly without taking down the server.

In addition, testing for new and legacy operating systems as well as applications can be done easily and effectively through virtual workstations, and cleanup is a snap. The cloning feature in Hyper-V allows for rapid deployment of virtual machines that’s space saving, money saving as well as energy saving.

Bay Area Systems have fully tested and deployed Hyper-V solutions to solve customers’ growing needs of testing new Operating Systems as well as program upgrades. It is much more convenient, and cost-effective, to use a virtual machine to test system integration, software upgrades, patches, and new installations before deploying into the production environment. Efficient resource sharing and distribution in Hyper-V also ensure a much better performance for individual virtual machines than purchasing separate physical units.

The combination of cutting-edge, professional services of Bay Area Systems and production proven virtual machine solutions provided by Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 will serve to deliver energy saving, cost-effective, cutting-edge, fast and complete services to Bay Area Systems customers.

Bay Area Systems will continue to review Technical Previews of Microsoft Windows Server 2016, the global leader in server operating systems technology. In tandem with Hyper-V virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter — bringing cloud computing to businesses of all sizes.