Buy Windows Server 2022 Standard
Windows Server 2022 Standard is the newest version of Microsoft’s cloud-ready operating system. It comes with technologies that make it easier to move your workloads when you’re ready. Windows Server 2022 has a budget-friendly plan option to save money while running the programs and apps your business needs daily.
Windows Server 2022 Standard
Windows Server 2022 Standard is licensed under a core-based license model. The number of core licenses needed depends on whether a customer is licensing based on the physical cores on the server or by the virtual machine, with a minimum of 8 core licenses per physical processor and 16 core licenses per server.
- HTTPS and TLS 1.3 are enabled by default. TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 are disabled by default. TLS 1.2 is still there.
- AES-256-GCM and AES-256-CCM cryptographic suites are supported for Server Message Block (SMB) encryption and signing.
- DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is supported and enabled by default.
- Windows Server 2022 brings secured core servers with Secured Core boot protection, hardware root-of-trust, firmware protection and virtualization based security (VBS) for physical security. Secured-core servers build on technologies such as Windows Defender System Guard and Virtualization-based Security to minimize risk from firmware vulnerabilities and advanced malware.
- Supports SMB over QUIC capability for safer communications. It’s designed for VPN replacement and relies on UDP and TLS 1.3 protocols for faster and safer communication.
- Windows Server 2022 comes with Azure Arc to manage and govern on-prem servers within Azure.
- Storage Migration Service lets users easily migrate file servers from on-premises to Azure.
- Update .NET applications with the new containerization tool in the Windows Admin Center.
- Windows Server 2022 comes with an optional Server Message Block compression capability to compress files and speed up network transfers.
- Windows Admin Center can be used to remotely manage certificates, deploy containers and track server performance.
- Windows Server 2022 supports hotpatching. Hotpatching enables the system to install Windows Updates without the need to restart the system every time. Hotpatching is only available in the Azure edition of Windows Server.
- Azure Stack HCI enables the deployment of modern Windows Server applications with Azure Kubernetes Service.
Windows Server 2022 Standard
Windows Server 2022 Standard includes enhanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities with Azure, and a versatile application platform. Secured-core protections are included in this release to shield the Windows Server operating system, firmware, and hardware from sophisticated cyberattacks. Secured-core server builds on technologies such as Windows Defender System Guard and Virtualization-based Security to minimize risk from firmware vulnerabilities and advanced malware. Secured connectivity is included in the new edition, which brings new features like improved security for HTTPS connections, using the standard encryption algorithm for SMB files (AES 256), and more.
Significantly increased virtual machine management, an improved event viewer, and many more new capabilities in Windows Admin Center are just a few ways that Windows Server 2022 makes hybrid server management more accessible. There are also substantial enhancements to Windows containers in this release, including lower image sizes for speedier download, more straightforward network policy implementation, and containerization tools for .NET apps.
Secured Core Server
Powerful threat protection together to provide multi-layer security across hardware, firmware, and the operating system. It uses the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 and System Guard to boot up Windows Server securely and minimize risk from firmware vulnerabilities. Secured-core server also includes virtualization-based security (VBS) features like Credential Guard and Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI).
Preventative defense for sensitive assets like credentials and HVCI applies hardware—rooted security to prevent advanced malware from tampering with the system. Secure connectivity adds a layer of security during transport for advanced protection. Windows Server 2022 improves connection security with faster and more secure encrypted hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) and transport layer security (TLS) 1.3 enabled by default. Customers can also further secure server communications with industry-standard AES-256 encryption, which now supports server message block (SMB) protocol and better controls.
Hybrid capabilities with Azure
We are bringing new capabilities that enable customers to take advantage of cloud innovation with their on-premises investments. Azure Arc and Storage Migration Service are two key hybrid capabilities that work best with Windows Server 2022.
Azure Arc enables customers to manage, secure, and govern Windows Server on-premises, at the edge, or in multi-cloud environments from a single control plane in Azure. Through Azure Arc, customers can easily employ Azure management capabilities such as Azure Policy, Azure Monitor, and Azure Defender for those servers. What’s more, a few simple clicks in Windows Admin Center can enable connectivity to Azure Arc. Further, we have enhanced Windows Admin Center v2103 with significantly improved virtual machine management, a more straightforward event viewer, and many more updates. Windows Admin Center is also available in the Azure portal.
Windows Server 2022
Windows Server 2022 enhances the seamless connectivity of file servers on-premises to file servers on Azure. Updates to Storage Migration Service allow customers to migrate file servers from specific network access storage (NAS) and Windows File Servers to Windows Servers on Azure. Using Storage Migration Service to migrate data to servers allows customers to maintain low latency while reducing their on-premises storage footprint.
Flexible application platform
Customers use Windows Server to run large-scale and distributed applications. Consequently, we have focused relentlessly on bringing platform capabilities and tools that improve developer velocity and support for business-critical workloads like SQL Server. In this release, we are adding several platform improvements for Windows Containers, including application compatibility and the Windows Container experience with Kubernetes. A major improvement includes reducing the Windows Container image size, which leads to faster download time and better performance. In addition, you can now run applications that depend on Azure Active Directory with group Managed Services Accounts (gMSA) without the domain joining the container host. Furthermore, several other enhancements simplify the Windows Container experience with Kubernetes. These enhancements include support for host-process containers for node configuration, IPv6, and consistent network policy implementation with Calico.
In addition to platform improvements, we have an updated Windows Admin Center tool that makes it easy to containerize .NET applications. Once the application is in a container, you can host it on Azure Container Registry to deploy it to other Azure services, including Azure Kubernetes Service.