How to Get and Understand Windows Server 2016 Page 3
How to Get and Understand Windows Server 2016
The rumored release date for Windows Server 2016 is set to be during the second half of 2016, likely at some point in Q3. An article in The Register acknowledges this timeframe by suggesting the language used by Microsoft to describe "early previews" suggests there’s more work to be done and also, referring back to the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team’s blog post, customer feedback on application and running issues is useful in enabling them to make improvements before General Availability.
Technical Training and Information for Windows Server 2016
While we wait for General Availability though, obviously admins, experts and enthusiasts alike have been able to take advantage of a number of the features and upgrades in all the aforementioned Technical Previews by downloading the latest Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4, which provides first-hand experience of the new server operating system. The Microsoft Virtual Academy provides a slide and video presentation allowing administrators to become familiar with Windows Server 2016 features.
From a business point of view, in order to have the correct skillset on board to set up and install Windows Server 2016, it is highly recommended for your systems administrator (or similar) to work towards MCSA certification.
Although the MCSA Windows Server 2016 course won’t arrive until 3-6 months post General availability, systems admins can familiarize themselves with the platform by achieving the MCSA Windows Server 2012 course. The course is designed to certify individuals and equip them with the core set of skills to initiate Windows Server 2012, thus reducing your IT costs and delivering more business value in the long-term.
Microsoft offers a wide range of Windows Server certifications from, as a starter, the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) qualification, which covers basic IT infrastructure for those considering a career in technology, to the globally recognized expert level Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) for IT professionals. There are several MCSE certification courses that cover both server and desktop infrastructure, giving professionals all the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center.
It is unlikely that this certification will be updated to Windows Server 2016 until post launch, but many of the topics covered in the current MCSE qualification are transferable to Windows Server 2016 such as desktop virtualization, systems management, storage and networking.
Windows Server 2016 Reception
Despite the anticipation surrounding Windows Sever 2016, particularly the deluge of new features, SpiceWorks has identified that IT departments are apparently not in a huge rush to upgrade to the upcoming Server OS. Only 4% of those interviewed said they will adopt Windows Server 2016 as soon as it becomes available, and only 13% plan to adopt it within the first year of its release.
One reason behind this could involve cost. Katherine Noyes suggests that as Windows Server 2016 customers will have to purchase licenses based on a per-core model, they will have to buy licenses for at least 16 cores (or eight two-core packs) for each physical server.
This means that essentially customers will have to buy more licenses than they would have done previously, although the price for a single-processor, 10-core system will remain the same. Peter Bright predicts that Windows Server 2016 will cost 25% more on average to run than Windows Server 2012.
Notwithstanding this, when Windows Server 2016 comes to General Availability, there is no doubt it will be an impressive platform through which to upgrade your server infrastructure. The features unveiled in the Technical Previews such as Hyper-V containers, PowerShell 5.0 and Azure Stack all point towards a modern server operating system that will provide us with improved performance, better security and improved cost-effectiveness (in the long-term) and energy efficiency.
Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training, a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 5 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with Windows Server, Windows desktop and SharePoint.
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