Windows Server 2019 – Networking with Windows Server 2019

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As we have been discussing so far in this book, servers are the tree trunks of our networks. They are the backbone infrastructure that enables us to get work done. If servers are the trunks, then the networks themselves must be the roots. Your network is the platform that supports the company infrastructure; it makes up the channels that any and all devices inside your company use to communicate with each other.

Traditionally, there have been server professionals and network professionals in the IT industry, and in many places that is still the case. An administrator who primarily works on servers does not generally have enough time in the day to also support the network infrastructure in an organization of any size, and the reverse is also true. Network administrators generally stick to their own equipment and management tools, and wouldn’t be interested in diving too deeply into the Windows Server world. However, many of us work in smaller companies where many hats must be worn. Some days, both the server admin and the network admin hats sit on top of each other, and so we must understand at least a baseline of networking and tools that we can use to troubleshoot connections that are not working. In addition, Windows Server 2019 brings a new networking mindset into focus: the virtualization of your networks. There will always be some semblance of a physical network, using physical switches and routers to move the packets around between different rooms and buildings. But now we are also incorporating the idea of software-defined networking (SDN) into our Windows Servers, which gives us the capability to virtualize some of that configuration. Not only the config itself, we are actually virtualizing the network traffic and building our networks from within a server console, rather than using command-line interfaces to configure our routers, which was always needed in the past.

Hold the phone; I am getting ahead of myself. First, let’s talk about some of the new and useful things inside Windows Server 2019 that do involve working with physical networks, or any networks, because these are going to be important for any administrator in today’s networking world. Later, we will take a few moments to further explore this new idea of network virtualization.

The following are the topics we plan to discuss in this chapter:

  • Introduction to IPv6
  • Your networking toolbox
  • Building a routing table
  • NIC Teaming
  • Software-defined networking

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