With regards to Microsoft operating systems, the spotlight is on the upcoming release of Windows 11. However, this isn’t Redmond’s only operating system. Microsoft has begun releasing its next-generation Windows Server 2022 operating systems to mainstream consumers throughout the world. Microsoft Windows Server 2022 is launching ahead of Windows 11, and here are all the breakthroughs.
Standard, Datacenter, and Datacenter: Azure Edition are the three options offered by the company. The closing date for mainstream support is October 13, 2026, and the deadline for extended support is October 14, 2031. Despite its proximity to Windows 11 in terms of release date, Windows Server 2022 is labeled as version 21H2 like Windows 10 — and as a result, it has a Windows 10-style Start menu. The LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) edition support comes with a five-year standard support dateline and a decade of extended support. According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2022 is version 21H2, which is the same as Windows 10.
Every two to three years, Microsoft expects to deliver new versions of Windows Server, according to the company, and this time, Microsoft Windows Server 2022 is launching ahead of Windows 11. It has also claimed that it will exclusively deliver LTSC versions of Windows Server in the future, with no Semi-Annual Channel releases.
What does Windows Server 2022 bring to the table?
Microsoft is covertly rolling out the next long-term version of Windows Server, known as the Microsoft Windows Server 2022, for mainstream customers ahead of the official curtain-raiser of Windows 11 later this year, sources say.
Windows Server 2022 builds on the solid basis of Windows Server 2019 and adds a slew of new features in three areas: security, Azure hybrid integration and administration, and application platform. Additionally, Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition enables you to use cloud benefits to keep your virtual machines up to date while reducing downtime. Long story short, Microsoft Windows server 2022 is launching ahead of Windows 11. It has the following features:
The new security features in Windows Server 2022 integrate existing Windows Server security features across various domains to enable defense-in-depth protection against advanced attacks. In Windows Server 2022, advanced multi-layer security delivers the comprehensive security that servers require in today’s time.
Server with a secure core
Secured-core servers give defenses against sophisticated assaults and boost confidence while managing mission-critical data in some of the most data-sensitive sectors. It’s based on three main pillars: streamlined security, improved protection, and proactive defense.
When you purchase Secured-core server hardware from an OEM, you can be confident that the OEM has given a set of hardware, firmware, and drivers that meet the Secured-core promise. To enable the security capabilities of Secured-core, Windows Server systems will have a simple configuration experience in the Windows Admin Center.
Secured-core servers benefit from hardware, firmware, and operating system capabilities to guard against existing and future threats. A Secured-core server’s protections are designed to provide a secure platform for the server’s important applications and data. The Secured-core functionality covers the following areas:
Root-of-Trust in Hardware
With Secured-core servers, the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0) is included as standard. TPM 2.0 provides a safe storage area for critical keys and data, such as component measurements taken during boot. This hardware root-of-trust enhances the security provided by features like BitLocker, which makes use of TPM 2.0 and allows for the creation of attestation-based workflows that may be used in zero-trust security strategies.
Given the high privileges that firmware operates with and the relative opacity of what happens in firmware to standard anti-virus systems, there is a significant increase in security vulnerabilities being disclosed in the firmware sector. According to recent reports, malware and ransomware platforms increasingly include firmware capabilities, increasing the potential of firmware attacks, which have already been spotted targeting organizational resources such as Active Directory domain controllers.