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Windows 2016 Hosting :: How to Setup Windows Server 2016 with Static IP

clock January 29, 2019 08:00 by author Jervis

If you are setting up Windows Server 2016 as a domain controller or as any other production server function in your network it is recommended that you set it up with a static IP address. This is a quick how to guide on how to do that.

Note: you need an administrator account on the server to set your Windows 2016 server with a static IP address 

Login to your Windows 2016 server, and click on the Start button, and then click on the Control Panel:

Then click on View network status and tasks under the Network and Internet applet:

Then click on Change adapter settings on the left menu:

then right-click on your network connection, and select Properties:

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on Properties:

Enter the IP address you want to assigned to this server, the Network Mask, Default Gateway, and the DNS IP address:

Click  OK and then reboot the server.

Windows 2016 Hosting :: How to Create and Configure VMs in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

clock January 21, 2019 08:04 by author Jervis

In this post, we will explore how to create and configure VMs in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V.

Creating a New VM

First, you need to use the Hyper-V manager to connect to the Hyper-V host. The Hyper-V manager is included in the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT; a separate download) for client operating systems such as Windows 10, or included in the Server Manager “install features” section of Windows Server 2016.

To begin, right-click your Hyper-V host and select New > VM.

This launches the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

Begin the configuration by selecting a name for your VM.

Generation of the VM

Next, you are asked to select the Generation of the VM. There are two choices here: Generation 1 and Generation 2. What are the differences?

To start with, Generation-2 VMs are only compatible with Hyper-V versions 2012 R2 and later. Furthermore, Windows Server 2012/Windows 8 64-bit and above are supported with Generation-2; 32-bit versions of those operating systems do not work. In fact, if you create a Generation-2 VM and try to boot from an ISO of a 32-bit OS, you receive an error stating that no boot media can be found. Microsoft has also been working on support of Generation-2 VMs with Linux. Be sure to check with your particular distribution, as currently not all are supported with Generation 2. There is one more consideration: for those thinking of moving a previously-created Hyper-V VM to Azure, Generation 2 is not supported.

For greater compatibility including moving to Azure, Generation 1 VMs should be selected. If none of the limitations mentioned are true, and you want to utilize such features as UEFI secure boot, then Generation 2 would be the preferred choice.

Once a VM is created, you cannot change the Generation. Make sure you choose the right Generation before proceeding.

Memory Management in Hyper-V

The next configuration section is where we can Assign Memory.

The memory management in Hyper-V has an option called Dynamic Memory; you can see the checkbox that can be selected to enable the feature at this stage. If you choose to enable this option, Hyper-V cooperates with the VM guest operating system in managing guest operating system memory.

Using the “hot add” feature, Hyper-V expands the guest operating system memory as memory demands increase within the guest. Dynamic Memory helps to dynamically and automatically divide RAM between running VMs, reassigning memory based on changes in their resource demands. This helps to provide more efficient use of memory resources on a Hyper-V host as well as greater VM density.

When you select Use Dynamic Memory for this virtual machine, you can set minimum and maximum values for the RAM that is dynamically assigned to the VM.

Networking Configuration

The next step in our VM configuration is to Configuring Networking. In order for a particular VM to have connectivity to the network, you must attach a virtual switch that is connected. You can also leave a VM in a disconnected state; connection to a network is not a requirement in completing VM configuration. In this example, we are connecting the VM to the ExternalSwitch, which is a virtual switch connected with the production LAN.

Hard Disk Configuration

The next step is configuring the hard disk that is assigned to your VM. There are three options that you can choose from:

If you choose the Create a virtual hard disk option, you are creating a brand new vhdxdisk on your Hyper-V host. You can set the size of the disk as well. The wizard defaults to 127 GB, which can easily be changed.

The Use an existing virtual hard disk option lets you attach your new VM configuration to an existing virtual disk. Perhaps you copied over a vhdx file that you want to reuse with the new VM configuration. You can simply point the wizard to the vhdx file with this option.

With the third option – Attach a virtual hard disk later – you can choose to skip the creation of a hard disk in the wizard and assign a disk later.

There is one significant caveat to the create a virtual hard disk option: you have no choice in the type of disk that is created. By default, Hyper-V creates “dynamically expanding” disks, which are thin-provisioned disks. Space is used only as needed. There are some downsides to this approach, however. While the Hyper-V storage driver generally makes efficient use of resources, for the best performance, many may still prefer to provision thick disks or fixed size in Hyper-V. To do that, you should choose the third option and attach a thick virtual hard disk after your VM is created.

Installation Options

The next step is to go through the Installation Options. This means configuring how you want to install the guest operating system (OS) in your new VM.

The most common way is to Install an operating system from a bootable image file. You need to have an ISO file of the OS saved somewhere on your server. Simply guide the Wizard to the location using the Browse button.

Your alternatives are to Install an operating system later or Install an operating system from a network-based installation server.

You’ve now reached the summary of your configuration choices. Once you click Finish, your VM is created according to the options you specified.

Now that configuration and creation are complete, you can power on your VM. Simply right-click the VM and select Start.


You can connect to the console by right-clicking the VM and selecting Connect.


After connecting to the console, we should now be able to boot our VM and install the operating system as usual, through the operating system installation prompts.

Windows Server 2019 Hosting :: Top 6 Features in Windows Server 2019

clock January 11, 2019 07:43 by author Jervis

Windows Server 2019 is now generally available to the public! As you know, whenever Windows gets ready to make a major operating system release, it’s time to prepare for some changes. In this piece, we’ll give you a crash course in what to be excited (or worried) about in Server 2019, provide an overview of some exciting new features, and discuss how you can get your hands on Microsoft’s latest server operating system.

What do you expect with this new Windows 2019? Let’s get started. For your information, we as Microsoft hosting partner will also support this latest Windows Server 2019 on our hosting environment soon.

1. Enterprise-grade hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)

With the release of Windows Server 2019, Microsoft rolls up three years of updates for its HCI platform. That’s because the gradual upgrade schedule Microsoft now uses includes what it calls Semi-Annual Channel releases – incremental upgrades as they become available. Then every couple of years it creates a major release called the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version that includes the upgrades from the preceding Semi-Annual Channel releases.The LTSC Windows Server 2019 is due out this fall, and is now available to members of Microsoft’s Insider program.

While the fundamental components of HCI (compute, storage and networking) have been improved with the Semi-Annual Channel releases, for organizations building datacenters and high-scale software defined platforms, Windows Server 2019 is a significant release for the software-defined datacenter.

With the latest release, HCI is provided on top of a set of components that are bundled in with the server license. This means a backbone of servers running HyperV to enable dynamic increase or decrease of capacity for workloads without downtime.

2. GUI for Windows Server 2019

A surprise for many enterprises that started to roll-out the Semi-Annual Channel versions of Windows Server 2016 was the lack of a GUI for those releases.  The Semi-Annual Channel releases only supported ServerCore (and Nano) GUI-less configurations.  With the LTSC release of Windows Server 2019, IT Pros will once again get their desktop GUI of Windows Server in addition to the GUI-less ServerCore and Nano releases.

3. Project Honolulu

With the release of Windows Server 2019, Microsoft will formally release their Project Honolulu server management tool. Project Honolulu is a central console that allows IT pros to easily manage GUI and GUI-less Windows 2019, 2016 and 2012R2 servers in their environments. 

Early adopters have found the simplicity of management that Project Honolulu provides by rolling up common tasks such as performance monitoring (PerfMon), server configuration and settings tasks, and the management of Windows Services that run on server systems.  This makes these tasks easier for administrators to manage on a mix of servers in their environment.

4. Improvements in security

Microsoft has continued to include built-in security functionality to help organizations address an “expect breach” model of security management.  Rather than assuming firewalls along the perimeter of an enterprise will prevent any and all security compromises, Windows Server 2019 assumes servers and applications within the core of a datacenter have already been compromised. 

Windows Server 2019 includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that assess common vectors for security breaches, and automatically blocks and alerts about potential malicious attacks.  Users of Windows 10 have received many of the Windows Defender ATP features over the past few months. Including  Windows Defender ATP on Windows Server 2019 lets them take advantage of data storage, network transport and security-integrity components to prevent compromises on Windows Server 2019 systems.

5. Smaller, more efficient containers

Organizations are rapidly minimizing the footprint and overhead of their IT operations and eliminating more bloated servers with thinner and more efficient containers. Windows Insiders have benefited by achieving higher density of compute to improve overall application operations with no additional expenditure in hardware server systems or expansion of hardware capacity.

Windows Server 2019 has a smaller, leaner ServerCore image that cuts virtual machine overhead by 50-80 percent.  When an organization can get the same (or more) functionality in a significantly smaller image, the organization is able to lower costs and improve efficiencies in IT investments.

6. Windows subsystem on Linux

A decade ago, one would rarely say Microsoft and Linux in the same breath as complimentary platform services, but that has changed. Windows Server 2016 has open support for Linux instances as virtual machines, and the new Windows Server 2019 release makes huge headway by including an entire subsystem optimized for the operation of Linux systems on Windows Server.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux extends basic virtual machine operation of Linux systems on Windows Server, and provides a deeper layer of integration for networking, native filesystem storage and security controls. It can enable encrypted Linux virtual instances. That’s exactly how Microsoft provided Shielded VMs for Windows in Windows Server 2016, but now native Shielded VMs for Linux on Windows Server 2019. 

Enterprises have found the optimization of containers along with the ability to natively support Linux on Windows Server hosts can decrease costs by eliminating the need for two or three infrastructure platforms, and instead running them on Windows Server 2019. 

Because most of the “new features” in Windows Server 2019 have been included in updates over the past couple years, these features are not earth-shattering surprises.  However, it also means that the features in Windows Server 2019 that were part of Windows Server 2016 Semi-Annual Channel releases have been tried, tested, updated and proven already, so that when Windows Server 2019 ships, organizations don’t have to wait six to 12 months for a service pack of bug fixes.

This is a significant change that is helping organizations plan their adoption of Windows Server 2019 sooner than orgs may have adopted a major release platform in the past, and with significant improvements for enterprise datacenters in gaining the benefits of Windows Server 2019 to meet security, scalability, and optimized data center requirements so badly needed in today’s fast-paced environment.




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