That time has come again! A new version of Windows Server is upon us and as usual, we produced a comprehensive webinar for system admins covering all “What’s New?” Questions that correspond to a new version of Windows Server.
In Windows Server 2022, we’ve seen a number of improvements in security, SMB, and hybrid cloud capabilities along with a new release referred to as “Azure Edition”. Furthermore, we have a completely new deployment methodology in Azure Stack HCI, which while not Windows Server 2022 shares core features and capabilities and is now a major focus for Microsoft going forward.
To help you expedite this release, we recommend watching an on-demand webinar, along with a follow-up video with discussions on some of the more detailed questions asked during the webinar. Finally, at the bottom of this article, you will find a list of questions asked during the webinar with the answers associated with them!
Watch the webinar What’s New in Windows Server 2022
Noticeable: We have many questions for more information about how the KDC proxy service works in conjunction with SMB via QUIC. This particular thread warrants its own article, which we will be working on in the near future, so stay tuned for that!
Frequently Asked Questions About Windows Server 2022
What exactly is the Azure Edition and how do I buy it? I only see Data Center and Standard Edition
Azure Edition is a version of Windows Server 2022 that is designed to run as a virtual machine within Microsoft Azure or on top of an on-prem Azure Stack HCI. You can get it from Azure Marketplace. For deployment in the workplace, see question below.
How do I get Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition to run locally?
It’s still not clear, and we’re still waiting for instructions from Microsoft on how exactly this should work. In the meantime, it’s best to run Azure Edition from Windows Server 2022 in Azure.
For Windows Server 2022 Essentials, does a single CPU with 10 cores mean 20 “threads” per license?
Up to 10 cores and one virtual unit on single-socket servers. Windows Server Essentials is available through OEM server hardware partners. Microsoft calculates physical cores for licensing on SQL/Win Standard/DC, so I will say these are physical cores and not real cores
Can XCP-ng be used as an alternative to Free Hyper-V Server SKU?
Although I don’t have any first-hand experience with said tool, at first glance it seems like a viable alternative, especially if you have experience with Xen Hypervisors.
Is TPM 2.0 required to run Windows Server 2022?
TPM 2 required for Secure Core server, not listed as requirement for public server (good idea though)
Do Azure Stack HCI clusters need to be kept “online” at all times?
Yes, Azure Stack HCI needs to connect to Azure every 30 days for licensing purposes. If not verified In reduced functionality mode
Is RDS a supporting role with Windows Server 2022 Essentials?
Yes, RDSH is one of the roles available just like previous versions of Windows
Can you license Windows Server 2022 with 2012 R2 CALs?
No, you must purchase CALs that match the version of Windows Server you are running. In this case, Windows Server 2022.
Do you get any virtual rights with Windows Server 2022 Essentials?
Yes, you have rights to boot one virtual machine with Windows Server 2022 Essentials Edition.
Is there an upgrade path from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2022?
Usually only two variations of the Windows Server edition are supported for an in-place upgrade, so you’ll be looking at a fresh install and a migration in that case.
I talked about some CLI tools in the webinar for migration purposes. These are PowerShell tools, right?
The maximum memory supported by Windows Server 2022 is 48 TB? Why so much?
Memory capacity increases are often driven by large memory-intensive workloads such as SQL or SAP. Plus, when you look at the length of support for Windows Server 2022, who knows how much memory we’ll need in 10 years.
Is TLS 1.3 likely to be ported to Windows Server 2012 R2?
This is unlikely, but we suspect there is a huge opportunity for Windows Server 2016/2019
Will SMB via QUIC support devices joined with Azure AD in the future?
Possibly, but nothing definitive has been said so far as far as we know
Now, in order to get SMB via QUIC in-house I have to buy a new Azure HCI compliant device, and pay monthly for the license to run only one Server 2022 file server in order to get this feature?
As it is now, yes. Additionally, you will have to migrate your files to this server as well. Now that that is said you will be able to run additional workloads on your Azure Stack HCI. Another alternative is to run that virtual machine outside of Azure.
Where else can I run Azure Edition of Windows Server 2022 alongside Azure Stack HCI?
You can also run this version of a virtual machine in Azure.
What are the minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2022?
64-bit CPU, 2GB of RAM for server with desktop (512MB for Core), 32GB minimum disk space
I talked about Windows Server 2022 Essentials in the webinar, is TRUE Windows Server Essentials back?
As mentioned, it’s not really basic, it’s a cheaper standard with some/no size restrictions. From users/customers
How does Azure Stack HCI stack up against vSphere using VSAN?
It’s generally cheaper and offers more cloud-based integrations. From a performance perspective, it all depends on the hardware chosen.
Does “Azure Edition” mean it will only run in Azure?
No, you still have the usual Standard Edition and Datacenter Editions, plus you’ll have the option to run the “Azure Edition” in your on-premises Azure Stack HCI if desired.
When do you think Windows Server 2022 will be ready for a two-node production batch?
Looks very ready now! The version is GA, ready to use! =)
In Windows Server 2022 Essentials edition, “10 cores” means physical cores than logical cores?
From what we know so far, this refers to physical cores
Are there any changes to protected virtual machines in Windows Server 2022 Hyper-V?
There are no changes here. In fact, Microsoft won’t be developing this feature further at this point and will leverage Azure Stack HCI and Azure Service to fill this need going forward. Check out this post from Microsoft for more information.
Any changes to the maximum number of virtual CPUs per virtual machine in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2022?
The specified maximum vCPU limit for VMs on Windows Server 2022 is 240 vCPUs for Gen2 VMs.
Is there any new information you can share regarding Live Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2022?
One big improvement is the adjustable storage repair speed. Not to mention the optimizations meant for SMBs, which are greatly benefited by S2D.
I would like to hear more about SMEs via QUIC, where can I see them in action?
We ran a webinar about improvements to Windows Server Storage earlier this year. In that webinar, Didier Van Hoy Offers an excellent demo for small and medium businesses via QUIC in action. You can watch this webinar here.
From a resource perspective, is the consumption the same as for previous versions of Windows Server?
From our tests, it looks almost like Windows Server 2019
Do I need to redeploy the Windows Admin Center in order to administer Windows Server 2022?
not at all. You should be able to connect to Windows Server 2022 just like any other server!
Was there any mention of what’s new in Group Policy in this webinar or any talk about GPO support for Azure objects?
No, we did not cover the GPO because not much has changed. Also the Azure objects that come into the GPO’s preferences are not mentioned from what we know today.
With Windows Server 2022 Essentials Edition, does it look as if Small Business Server is back?
No, there are no SMB features in the Basics. The only difference is in size and pricing.
When will the desktop experience be removed from Windows Server?
We don’t see this happen any time soon. Many admins still love the GUI
Are there any improvements in Windows Server 2022 in terms of migration? FSMO roles for example?
There are no improvements here from what we’ve seen so far.
Storage Spaces Direct is available in the standard edition of Windows Server 2019. So, for Windows Server 2022, has S2D really moved to Datacenter only?
Clarification here, “Storage Spaces” in the standard, “Live Storage Spaces” is only available in Datacenter Edition in Window Server 2016/19/22 – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-spaces/storage-spaces-direct-overview
Will there be a free Hyper-V server 2022?
No. While the free SKU called “Hyper-V Server 2019” won’t get feature updates anymore, it will be officially supported for a number of years now. You’ll want to move to a workaround at that time. Microsoft’s new on-prem strategic direction is Azure Stack HCI and they have proposed to replace Hyper-V Server. However, the Azure Stack HCI solution (as many have noted) is unfortunately not free.
What is the difference and major changes in Windows Server 2022 in how it is presented to the client?
Good question here! Customers’ large POS will focus on security improvements and ease of management from the cloud with hybrid cloud deployments. Additionally, features like hot-patch and SMB via QUIC might be powerful features that should be mentioned as well.
Is Azure Stack much different from the old Azure Pack in terms of the roles you need to deploy in order to work? Azure Pack requires many – many resources just to get it up and running on its own. Is this possible in a 2 – 3 contract group for small/medium sized businesses?
Yes, Azure Stack HCI installation has been greatly improved via Azure Pack. It’s very processor driven, and assuming you’ve done your homework on best publishing practices and are using supported hardware, the deployment should be fairly straightforward. Very suitable for a small organization with properly checked equipment.
So no changes if you are already buying valid server licenses?
As far as we know today, it is true.
Does the Azure version work on buildings?
Yes, it can run on Azure Stack HCI locally
Does the Windows admin center essentially replace the failover group manager?
Yes, it is the best place to manage most of the Windows server features, including failover clusters. However, Failover Cluster Manager and other MMC plug-ins will continue to exist for some time.
This concludes us! If you ask a question that you don’t see here, or if you have any new questions that you’d like answered, use the question form at the bottom of this article and we’ll make sure we get an answer for you.
Having said that, what are your thoughts on Windows Server 2022 so far? Let us know in the comments section below! We’d love to hear your input!