Microsoft offers technical preview of Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016

Microsoft has offered its technical preview of Hyper-V containers in Windows Server 2016. The Hyper-V containers will get support from Microsoft with a greater degree of security and isolation.

Windows Server 2016 is the next version of Microsoft’s server platform which will be in level with Windows 10. However, the server 2016 version of windows will be commercially available from June 2016.

The technical preview of server 2016 is available for download and delivers a host of updates and features centering on container support and especially the first public preview of hyper-V containers. This means, Microsoft will be supporting in two ways for running applications in containers under Windows Server 2016.

Windows Server Containers has already debuted in the previous Technical Preview release, while Hyper-V Containers adds a further deployment option that provides increased isolation, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft has also revealed a highlight of Hyper-V containers, where isolation of applications is guaranteed along with the association of traditional virtualization and with the ease, image format and management model of Windows Server Containers, including the support of Docker Engine. That means, Hyper-V Containers are intended to offer a greater degree of isolation between containers than Windows Server Containers and customers will be able to deploy them using the same method, typically Docker APIs and the Docker client, regardless of which target they choose……great feature indeed!

Note- Hyper-V containers achieve isolation by making use of Microsoft’s hypervisor. And Windows server containers achieve isolation through namespace and process isolation. Moreover, a Hyper-V container encapsulates each container in a Virtual Machine.

This gives us a feeling that the new technology which will be offered by Microsoft next year will be a kind of hybrid between containers and virtual machines.

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 also includes updates to Active Directory Domain Services, enhancements to Active Directory Federation Services to support authentication of users via Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directories, and an update to Failover Clustering so that clusters can be upgraded easily without any downtime.

More details will be updated shortly!


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