Server OS Spotlight

The server operating system is the engine behind the applications running on the server. Whether you choose Windows Server 2008 R2, Ubuntu server or a proprietary Unix server, it's important to know what's under the hood. Keep up with the latest news and trends, and find some tips to give your server a tune-up, here.

Microsoft Previews Hyper-V Containers for Windows Server 2016

Wondering how Hyper-V containers work in Microsoft's upcoming server software release? Intrepid administrators and developers can get an early look today.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 Adds Security, DR Features

This year's second major milestone release of the leading Linux operating system platform provides new security features as well as improved disaster recovery.

Fedora 23 Linux Secures Servers and the Cloud

The latest milestone release of Red Hat's community Linux distribution improves workstation, server and cloud capabilities, with new container creation capabilities coming in Fedora 24.

Oracle Puts OpenStack into Docker Containers

New approach is aimed to make it easier to install a cloud.

6 Powerful PowerShell Tools and Utilities

Discover six GUI-based scripting tools and utilities that can extend PowerShell's functionality while helping to make it a bit easier to use.

Windows Server 2003 End of Support Survival Guide

Increased security, guaranteed compliance and reduced maintenance costs are certainly reasons enough to push more and more businesses towards migrating away from Windows Server 2003 in the coming months. Will your company be one of them?

Linus Torvalds Still Not Afraid of Being Hit by a Bus

Linux creator talks about what's needed in Linux and why Linux succession still isn't a concern.

Seven Free Tools for Windows Server Administrators

Get your hands on our goody bag of free server administration tools for helping you more efficiently configure, manage, troubleshoot and secure Windows Servers and domains.

Linux Foundation Doubles Down on Real-Time Linux

After a decade of efforts trying to evolved Real-Time Linux, a new Linux Foundation Collaborative Project enters the fray.

A Tale of Two Containers

It's never been easier to get started with containers. You can roll your own using Docker sources or try a packaged offering from Microsoft or VMware.

Red Hat CEO Optimistic on OpenStack Revenue Opportunity

Red Hat is now on track for $2 billion in fiscal 2016 revenue.

An Azure Lexicon for Working with Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure

Creating and using Azure virtual machines in the public cloud involves knowing and understanding a variety of defined Azure terms and components.

Mark Shuttleworth Details Ubuntu 15.10 Highlights [VIDEO]

Shuttleworth explains how the .deb packaging format remains in place, even in a world where Ubuntu is embracing Snappy.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 Enters Beta with Improved Container Support

Containers and enhanced security are a key focus in the new RHEL platform preview.

Creating Azure Virtual Machines Quickly and Painlessly

There are several ways to create an Azure Virtual Machine, and the best option will likely depend on your role and expertise.

Microsoft Ups Its Ante in Containers

Microsoft is retooling Windows Server and Azure as enterprises flock to application container technologies like Docker.

Linuxcon: The Changing Role of the Server OS

Oracle's top Linux engineer details how containers are changing the world, and why containers themselves still need to change.

IBM Launches New Linux Mainframes and Open Mainframe Project

Linux on the mainframe is a big deal for IBM and it's about to get even bigger.

Microsoft Azure Supports Bigger Backups

The latest round of cloud updates include support for massive data stores, expanded CDN controls and new Azure Files capabilities.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Comes to IBM Power

IBM's Power servers get their own SAP application-optimized version of SUSE Linux.

Windows Server 2003 Meets the Zombie Apocalypse

Don’t create zombie Windows Server 2003 systems. Running a server with the out-of-support operating system can attract hackers and land small businesses in legal hot water.

Tips and Considerations When Creating Virtual Machines in Azure

At first glance, it might seem easy to set up a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure, but there are several important considerations to keep in mind before creating a VM in Azure.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Hits General Availability

Latest server operating system release brings Red Hat Access Insights and improved capabilities to Linux servers.

SUSE Brings ARM Server Support to Linux Distribution

The company unveils a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 for ARM-based servers powered by ARM chips from Applied Micro, Cavium and others.

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Server 2003

After today, the long-lived server operating system will no longer receive updates. Microsoft urges dawdlers to migrate before their data is placed at risk.

Ubuntu Linux Lands on Intel Compute Stick

Full Linux operating system comes to portable Intel device platform.

The End of the Road for Windows Server 2003 and 2008

With mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 R2 coming to an end, it's a great time to make the leap to Windows Server 2012 R2 and reap the benefit of all its new Hyper-V enhancements.

What's Coming in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux roadmap revealed at Red Hat Summit 2015.

OpenStack vs. Linux: How Do the Communities Differ? [VIDEO]

Intel is a leading contributor to both OpenStack and Linux, and it has a particular viewpoint on the two prominent open-source projects.

Key Considerations for WSUS 6.2 on Windows Server 2012 R2

Get up to speed with our handy list of tips and tricks for painlessly installing and operating a Windows Server Update Services server.

Red Hat Reveals Shared File System Service for OpenStack

OpenStack Manila abstracts Manila file shares from underlying hardware and allows them to grow, shrink or migrate across physical resources.

Cavium, Canonical Demo OpenStack Running on ARM-Based Servers

At the OpenStack Summit, the companies show a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ThunderX SoCs running OpenStack, Ubuntu and various workloads.

Red Hat Expands OpenStack Options as Survey Shows Strong Potential

Continued strong demand brings optimism, but a lack of internal IT skills remains a key barrier to adoption for OpenStack.

Top 10 Linux Server Distributions of 2015

The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.

Intel Works with CoreOS for Tectonic Container Server

Intel throws its weight behind CoreOS effort for containers.

Managing Windows Server 2003 Migration Risks, Reaping Rewards

There are only a few short months before Microsoft stops supporting Windows Server 2003. IT experts share some insights on managing and surviving the transition.

What's Behind VMware's Better Together Support for Containerization?

While VMware's endorsement of containerization could be a case of keeping its friends close but its enemies closer, there's also potential for real symbiosis behind the surprising strategy.

VMware Launches Lightwave and Photon for Linux Containers

New container identity and access management technology debuts alongside new purpose-built container Linux operating system.

Key Deployment Considerations when Working with SCVMM 2012 R2

While System Center Virtual Machine Manager can help efficiently manage your virtualization infrastructure, make sure to brush up on these core details before installing it in a production environment.

Red Hat Fiscal 2015 Revenue $1.79 Billion: OpenStack and OpenShift Leading the Way

Cross-selling, OpenShift and OpenStack, as well as the acquisitions of Inktank and eNovance, spur Red Hat forward.

Windows Server 2003 End of Life Poses Hurdles for Businesses

The Spiceworks survey found a majority of IT professionals have started the migration process in advance of the July 14 deadline.

Configuring NIC Teaming for Virtual Machines with Hyper-V 3.0

In our latest server tutorial discover how NIC Teaming can be used for Hyper-V virtual machines on Hyper-V 3.0 on Windows Server 2012.

Red Hat OpenShift Commons Opens Up PaaS Conversations

There is a lot to talk about and learn when it comes to PaaS and best practices for DevOps, and Red Hat wants to help facilitate that conversation.

Red Hat Primes ARM Server Ecosystem with Early Access Program

Red Hat doesn't yet provide full support on ARM, but it is building a robust partner program to do so.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack 6 Previews TripleO

The new release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform includes OpenStack-on-OpenStack (TripleO), which will let clouds deploy and build other clouds.

CoreOS and the App Container Spec

CoreOS continues to push forward on its Docker replacement efforts.

Cheatsheet for Supported Guest OSes on Hyper-V 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V supports an extensive variety of Windows operating systems and popular Linux distributions, so many in fact it can be a bit confusing keeping track of them all. Eliminate the confusion with this handy guide.

Say Good-Bye to Windows Server 2003

Time is running out. This summer, Microsoft will close the book the Windows Server 2003. Start planning a replacement strategy today to keep your business data safe and secure.

CoreOS 'Rockets' Ahead With Docker Alternative

Linux operating system distribution vendor CoreOS aims to expand its own vision for container-based virtualization.

Report: Docker Not Yet Widely Used in the Cloud

2015 Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey reports reveals some surprising findings.

Ubuntu Advances Juju Linux Magic Charms

New Juju server app orchestration quickstart, GUI and charms debut.

Red Hat's OpenStack Tech Leadership Discusses Cloud Direction [VIDEO]

Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat's OpenStack technical lead, details cloud product efforts at the Linux leader.

Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

Red Hat reports third quarter fiscal 2015 earnings of $456 million, and the company sees emerging opportunities for further growth.

When Hyper-V External Virtual Network Switches Disrupt Network Connectivity

Creating an external virtual network switch changes the packet flow on the Hyper-V host, which can potentially create connectivity problems.

Inside CoreOS Linux, Why Fleet and etcd Matter [VIDEO]

Brandon Philips, CTO of CoreOS, explains how his company's Linux server operating system components fit together.

Nginx Raises $20M to Advance Web Server Technology

The lead vendor behind the open-source Nginx Web server is looking to fund its growth for the next 10 years.

Fedora 21 Retools Linux for Servers

The first release of Red Hat's community Linux project in 2014 provides server, cloud and workstation-focused products.

Linux Container Adoption Set to Grow Rapidly

Linux Foundation's 2014 end user report shows continued growth of Linux servers in the cloud, though concerns over skilled staffing remain.

Little Known GUI Firewall Options for Linux

While command-line interface-based firewalls may be the most popular options in Linux, there are some great easy to use yet powerful GUI-based firewalls as well.

Cavium Debuts 48-Core ARM Server Chip

New ARM chips could be a big boost for Linux distributions.

Red Hat Pushes Forward with CentOS [VIDEO]

Red Hat EVP and President Paul Cormier explains how CentOS fits in and why Red Hat doesn't draw a line for open source.

Checking Active Directory Replication Using PowerShell

Discover six useful PowerShell cmdlets offered through Windows Server 2012 for checking and troubleshooting Active Directory replication status.

SUSE Brings Live Patching and Ceph Storage to Its Enterprise Linux

General availability of technology from the kGraft project brings the promise of easier updates with less server downtime.

Red Hat Expands OpenShift PaaS and Container Efforts

OpenShift 2.2, xPaaS and Red Hat Atomic Host beta make their debuts this week.

LXD: The New Container Hypervisor for Virtualization Security

VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, details what the new LXD container effort is all about.

Using Netsh to Manage Remote Servers and Workstations

The Windows network shell can help you configure network-related settings via the Command Prompt, and even better, it can also be used to efficiently manage remote machines.

Zend Server 8 Delivers Z-Ray Application Insight

PHP server technology platform boosted with new Z-Ray feature, Power Linux support and cloud enhancements.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Debuts

The first major update to SUSE's flagship distribution since the company was split out from Novell is now available.

Choosing the Best Deployment Method for Implementing Hyper-V Network Virtualization

Learn when to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 and when to use PowerShell cmdlets for deploying Microsoft HNV.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Debuts with Support on RHEL 7

New features that first appeared in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 come to RHEL 6 as users now also get the ability to run RHEL 6 on RHEL 7.

IBM Expands POWER8 Server Portfolio with Ubuntu Linux

New server systems and Data Engine solution bundles debut from Big Blue.

Mirantis OpenStack 5.1 Re-Fuels Cloud Server

Incremental update includes new access control security and VMware NSX support for networking virtualization.

Azure Virtual Network Primer: Overview and Q&A for IT Pros

Discover how you can create your own virtual lab in the cloud by connecting several Microsoft Azure virtual machines using an Azure Virtual Network.

Red Hat Set to Grow Thanks to Cloud and Containers

The server OS vendor reports its second quarter fiscal 2015 revenue and paints an optimistic picture for the road ahead.

Canonical Partners with AMD for Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

AMD is positioning its SeaMicro SM15000 as a cloud-in-a-box solution.

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