Windows Server 2019 – Integrating with Linux

Initial Configurations of Windows server 2019

Many companies utilize Linux in some capacity or another. The use of Linux may actually be poised to make a grander entrance into the Windows Server world now that we have this higher level of integration possible inside Windows Server 2019. There are ways in which your Server 2019 can now be used in order to interact with Linux VMs:

  • Running in Hyper-V: VMs hosted on a Hyper-V Server used to be limited to Windows-based operating systems. This is no longer the case. The scope of the Hyper-V virtualization host has now been expanded to accommodate running Linux-based VMs in Hyper-V Manager. There is even good integration with the keyboard and mouse!
  • Linux shielded VMs: You now know about running shielded VMs in Hyper-V, and you also know about running Linux-based VMs inside Hyper-V. Does this mean we can combine those two ideas and run a Linux VM that is also shielded? Why yes, we certainly can. This capability was introduced in Windows Server 1709, and also exists in the newest LTSC release of Windows Server 2019.
  • Running in containers: While most server and Hyper-V administrators won’t be chomping at the bit to install Linux on their systems because they simply have no reason to do so, there will definitely be a lot more Linux-y talk coming from anyone on the DevOps side of the IT house. When building scalable applications that are destined for the cloud, we often talk about running these applications inside containers. In the past, hosting containers on a Windows Server meant that the container itself had to be running Windows, but no more. You can now host Linux-based containers on top of Windows Server 2019. This allows great flexibility to the application-development process and will be an important consideration for the future of containers.

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