Download the ultimate guide to Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft

If you are looking for an ultimate guide to Windows Server 2016, then you don’t need to search on the internet or buy any book. Microsoft has recently published two highly useful guides to Windows Server 2016, which will help you understand even the smallest nuances of Windows Server 2016.

These are the two free e-book guides published by Microsoft Press:

  • Introducing Windows Server 2016
  • The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 Guide

Here is a summary of these two guides and their contents.

Windows Server 2016 Guide

As the name suggests, the first guide, i.e. Introducing Windows Server 2016 is about the basics of Windows Server 2016. The e-book is written by John McCabe, who works as the senior premier field engineer at Microsoft. There are five chapters included in this e-book. These include:

  1. Introduction to Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  2. Software-defined datacenter
  3. Application platform
  4. Security and identity
  5. Systems management

So, if you wish to clear the basic concepts of Windows Server 2016, this introductory guide to Windows Server 2016 will help you.

The second useful and free e-book published by Microsoft Press is The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016. This e-book is more concise than the introductory guide to Windows Server 2016. Hence, you can quickly go through its various sections and know about Windows Server 2016. That’s why it is called the ‘Ultimate Guide’ to this latest cloud-ready operating system from Microsoft.

It is important to know why organizations should choose Windows Server 2016, as their operating system. As mentioned in the e-book, protection at the identity, OS, and virtualization layers in Windows Server 2016 help disrupt standard attacker toolkits and isolate vulnerable targets, making the server OS an active participant in its own defense. The guide to Windows Server 2016 explains in detail how Windows Server 2016 helps organizations set up various security practices, such as protecting admin credentials.

The e-book also explains how an organization can move to software-defined infrastructure. Most of the organizations wish to move to the cloud. That’s because it is easy and fast to use the cloud to scale up and down to meet business needs. Since Windows Server 2016 was built on Microsoft’s cloud service Azure was designed, Microsoft can better help customers benefit from some of the same cloud efficiencies in their own data centers.

The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016 also lists down the benefits of adapting to Windows Server 2016. These include:

  1. Resilient compute
  2. Affordable high-performance storage
  3. Azure-Inspired Networking
  4. Easy management and automation

Windows Server 2016 helps developing apps faster and more securely. Besides, it also offers a secure fabric to protect virtual machines. Windows Server 2016 ships with agile technologies for building cloud-native applications and Microservices architectures. Thus, you will come to know various advantages and uses of Windows Server 2016 through this ultimate guide.

Download the introductory as well as the ultimate guide to Windows Server 2016 here from Microsoft. It includes an 18-page overview and 180-page deep-dive.

Here is a collection of some links from where you can download free Windows Server 2016 eBook, Whitepaper, PDF, Documents & Resources.

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