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There's a new build available (build 9860), and you can get it like so, click on the start icon, type in Windows Update Settings as shown below
when Windows Update Settings opens up, select Preview Builds and then select Download now
after it's downloaded you'll be prompted to install it,
and after a short installation, you'll be prompted to restart, you can choose restart Now or delay it for up to 8 hours via the drop down menu
for more info about what's new in Build 9860 see below from ZDnet
You all may be aware that Microsoft released the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. But what you might not know is that Microsoft also released the Windows Server Technical Preview. There is no official version/naming that I am aware of, but for reference the build version is 6.4.9841.0.
In addition to the similar changes previewed in the Windows 10 Technical Preview (i.e. multiple desktops, the start menu, etc.), there are some server-specific changes we can observe.
For reference, here is a screenshot of the Windows Server Technical Preview start menu.
NEW WINDOWS SERVER ROLES AND FEATURES
The following is the list of server roles and features that I have observed as being new (in comparison to Windows Server 2012 R2).
- MultiPoint Services
- Network Controller
- Windows Server Update Services > WID Connectivity
- Windows Server Update Services > SQL Server Connectivity
- Canary Network Diagnostics
- MultiPoint Connector
- Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > Network Controller Management Tools
- Soft Restart
- Windows Defender
- Windows Defender > GUI for Windows Defender
- Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell 5.0
- Windows Volume Replication
NEW WINDOWS SERVER ROLES AND FEATURES DESCRIPTIONS
So, what exactly are these new roles and features?
- MultiPoint Services: MultiPoint Services allows multiple users, each with their own independent and familiar Windows experience, to simultaneously share one computer.
- Network Controller: The Network Controller provides the point of automation needed for continual configuration, monitoring and diagnostics of virtual networks, physical networks, network services, network topology, address management, etc. within a datacenter stamp.
- Windows Server Update Services > WID Connectivity
- Windows Server Update Services > SQL Server Connectivity
- Canary Network Diagnostics: Canary network diagnostics enables validation of the physical network.
- MultiPoint Connector: MultiPoint Connector enables your machine to be monitored and managed by the MultiPoint Manager and Dashboard apps.
- Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > Network Controller Management Tools: Network Controller Management Tools includes Powershell tools for managing the Network Controller Role.
- Soft Restart: SoftRestart enables the system to be restarted without undergoing firmware reset delays.
- Windows Defender: Windows Defender helps you protect your machine from malware.
- Windows Defender > GUI for Windows Defender: GUI for Windows Defender.
- Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell 5.0: Windows PowerShell enables you to automate local and remote Windows administration. This task-based command-line shell and scripting language is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It includes hundreds of built-in commands and lets you write and distribute your own commands and scripts.
- Windows Volume Replication: Allows you to replicate data using the Windows Volume Replication (WVR) feature.
REMOVED WINDOWS SERVER ROLES AND FEATURES
Now by comparison, the following are server roles and features that I have observed as no longer being listed/available. I devised this list by listing what roles and features were available in each. The result is a list of roles and features that were available in Windows Server 2012 R2, but are no longer available in this version of the Windows Server Technical Preview.
- Application Server > .NET Framework 4.5
- Application Server > COM+ Network Access
- Application Server > Distributed Transactions
- Application Server > Distributed Transactions > WS-Atomic Transactions
- Application Server > Distributed Transactions > Incoming Network Transactions
- Application Server > Distributed Transactions > Outgoing Network Transactions
- Application Server > TCP Port Sharing
- Application Server > Web Server (IIS) Support
- Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support
- Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > HTTP Activation
- Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > Message Queuing Activation
- Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > Named Pipes Activation
- Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > TCP Activation
- Windows Server Update Services
- Windows Server Update Services > WID Database
- Windows Server Update Services > Database
- Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > AD DS and AD LDS Tools > AD DS Tools > Server for NIS Tools [DEPRECATED]
- Telnet Server
- Windows Feedback Forwarder
- Windows Identity Foundation 3.5
- Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell 4.0
So those are some of the interesting changes thus far with the new Windows Server Technical Preview.
Just when we were all getting used to the idea of Windows 9, Microsoft decided to call it.....
Yup, Windows 10. Windows 10 will be shipping "later in the year" in 2015. Here's a nice video introducing Windows 10.
Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.
Mobile First, Cloud First
"Windows is at a Threshold and now it's time for a new Windows. There's about one and a half billion people using Windows today, Our new Windows must be built from the ground up for a mobile first cloud first world." We've heard those words before but it's clearer than ever, Microsoft is mobile first, cloud first !
Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.
And to reiterate their commitment to the Enterprise and business, "Windows 10 is going to be our greatest enterprise platform, ever."
Windows 10 will be our greatest platform ever for organizations and their employees. There are several reasons that business customers in particular should take notice of Windows 10. It’s not just more familiar from a user experience standpoint. We have built so much of what businesses need right into the core of this product – including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features, reducing complexity and providing a better experience for the modern needs of business.
We’ve simplified management and deployment to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete. We’re also providing businesses with more choice in how quickly they adopt the latest innovations, and are delivering continued improvements based on customer feedback.
So where do we start, well ironically enough with the start menu.
Return of the Start Menu
"We're looking to find the balance, so that all the Windows 7 users get a familiar experience on the devices they already have.
Hey look, it's got the start menu ! (Running on Build 9841)
here's the start screen in Touch
You can view multiple desktops "multiple desktops at the bottom of the interface, and when you launch task view it shows all the apps that are currently open."
And, there's a new "Snap Assist" UI at the side where you can grab apps from multiple desktops.
Featuring Larger thumbnails and larger touch friendly buttons,
Ctrl_V works in a cmd prompt window now !
here's the new Task View in action
Terry Myerson, Windows chief, did the announcement of the Windows 10 name change.
thanks to Warren at @the Verge for commentary/photos.
For more info about the official Windows 10, see the "Announcing Windows 10" announcement here
September 30th slated as the invite only media event for the enterprise friendly release of the next version of Windows
Windows 9, Threshold, or the 'next version of Windows', whatever you want to call it there's an invite only event happening in San Francisco on September 30th where Microsoft will showcase a technology preview version of 'the next release of Windows...'.
If you didn't get the invite don't feel too bad, neither did we, however if previous events are anything to go by it'll more than likely by broadcast live via the web also (which is good news for us). This technology preview will probably focus on key areas that had enterprises shunning Windows 8, most noticeably the 'missing start menu'.
For more info about the even have a look at the following links,
The Verge - http://www.theverge....h-san-francisco
Networkworld - http://www.networkwo...or-sept-30.html
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