While PC version of Windows 10 is in consumer hands for couple of months already, Windows Server 2016, Microsoft’s new operating for server devices is still in the testing phase. Microsoft recently released its fourth Technical Preview of Windows 10 Server 2016, and it includes Hyper-V container support for the first time.
Previous Technical Preview, Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 was released in August, and it included support for one of the types of containers that Microsoft is building into the product. The last build included Microsoft’s Windows Server containers, which allowed users to run applications isolated from the rest of the operating system. Windows Server Containers are part of the Docker open source project.
“From a developer perspective, applications running in Hyper-V containers will feel just like apps running in a Windows Server container,” said Mike Schutz, Microsoft General Manager of Cloud Platform Marketing. “There’s no extra work required. It’s just a decision at deployment time if you go Hyper-V or Windows Server Container.”
Schutz also said that applications with trusted code should be running fine in Windows Server containers, while third-party apps with not completely trusted code should be run in Hyper-V containers, he added.
Windows Server Technical Preview 4 also brought some other interesting features, along with System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4, which Microsoft also released a few days ago. Some of the features that are included in these two new Technical Previews are Nano Server, Windows Server Containers, security and monitoring.
In case you’re not familiar with Nano Server, it is a new way of deploying Windows Server in a very stripped-down form:
“A lot of this (TP4) release represents feedback from customers and getting the product production ready,” said Schutz. “We want more users to try and try it at scale.”
Shcutz finally said that Microsoft plans to generally release Windows Server 2016 in the second half of 2016. He also said that we should expect at least one more technical preview, before the final product is released.