A HEADS UP ON ISSUES WITH SERVER 2016 VERSION 1709

A HEADS UP ON ISSUES WITH SERVER 2016 VERSION 1709

Miles Cameron, Ops Manager at AgileCadence, had a few issues when he tried to upgrade to Server 2016 1709. Nice guy that he is, he’s done a bit of digging and has got to the bottom of a couple of pretty key issues…

If you have been looking to deploy or upgrade to Server 2016 version 1709 you may have been forgiven for missing features that are not included with this build.

There have been a few articles in the IT press that have been misleading at best, but there are some noteworthy omissions from version 1709 that you should carefully review before considering deploying the most recent build of Server 2016.

Noteworthy changes are that version 1709 offers only the Server Core installation option and Nano Server is not available as an installable host operating system but only as a container operating system.

The headline omission is that Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is not included in Windows Server, version 1709. If you call Enable-ClusterStorageSpacesDirect or its alias Enable-ClusterS2D, on a server running Windows Server, version 1709, you will receive an error with the message “The requested operation is not supported”.

Jeff Woolsey, the Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for Windows Server, has clarified the reasons for the omissions in release 1709 stating that the focus was on apps/containers and management via Honolulu.

Further to this there is a lot of innovation coming in S2D for the next semi-annual release which you can get early access to via the Windows Server Insider program. Contrary to what has been reported on a few websites it seems that S2D has a long future ahead of it and will be included in the next semi-annual release 1803.

Microsoft has provided a full list of features removed or planned for replacement, starting with Windows Server, version 1709.

And you might also be interested in the release notes for version 1709.