Microsoft has started making its next release of Windows Server, known as Windows Server 2022, available to mainstream users on the Volume Licensing Service Center. Windows Server 2022, which Microsoft has been developing for the past year-plus, is a Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release and includes several new features. Windows Server 2022 comes in Standard, Datacenter and Datacenter: Azure Edition variants. The support cycle for the product kicked off on August 18, 2021. Mainstream support for the product will end on October 13, 2026 and extended support on October 14, 2031. Going forward, Microsoft will only be releasing LTSC versions of Windows Server and no more Semi-Annual Channel releases. These LTSC server releases will get ten years of support, comprised of five mainstream and five extended. Microsoft plans to release new versions of Windows Server every two to three years.
Here is a list of some of the new features that will be part of Windows Server 2022:
- Apply advanced multi-layer protection against threats enabled easily with secured-core server.
- Secure connectivity to business-critical assets with an additional layer of security during transport, including support for HTTPS and TLS 1.3 enabled by default.
- Manage and govern Windows Server on-prem with Azure Arc
- Get better virtual-machine management with the latest Windows Admin Center.
- Migrate file servers from on-premises to Azure with new supported scenario in Storage Migration Service.
- Improve container application deployment with smaller image size for faster download and simplified network policy implementation.
- Update .NET applications with the new containerization tool in Windows Admin Center.