Windows 10 Pro for Workstations for High-end PCs Launched

A high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro with unique support for server grade PC hardware with ReFS, non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) and RDMA support.

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, a new edition designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads will be delivered as part of "Fall Creators Update" this fall.

Created with feedback from Windows Insiders, Microsoft says, it aims to increase the performance and reliability of high-end PCs, including server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, with up to 4 CPUs and add massive memory up to 6TB —as on today, CPUs are limited to 2, while memory support is 2TB.

The new Windows offers features, including a new "ReFS (Resilient file system)," that's designed to be cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and is optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more.

"ReFS using integrity streams detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of the data on the other drive to correct and protect precious data," explains Microsoft.

The new Windows 10 Pro for Workstations using "non-volatile memory modules" (NVDIMM-N) hardware" provides most demanding apps and data with the performance they require—-through the fastest speed to read and write files. And, because, NVDIMM-N is a non-volatile memory, "files will still be there, even when workstation is switched off."

Another features included is called "SMB Direct," that uses "Remote Direct Memory Access" (RDMA) capability of a network adapter for faster file sharing, because, "NIC with RDMA can function at full speed with very low latency, while using very little CPU."

For applications that access large datasets on remote SMB file shares, this feature enables:

  • Increased throughput: Leverages the full throughput of high speed networks where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large amounts of data at line speed.
  • Low latency: Provides extremely fast responses to network requests, and, as a result, makes remote file storage feel as if it is directly attached storage.
  • Low CPU utilization: Uses fewer CPU cycles when transferring data over the network, which leaves more power available to other applications running on the system.

In another post, Microsoft is provided a demo on how to use Windows Analytics Update Compliance to monitor Windows Updates, Windows Defender Antivirus and troubleshoot update failures.

Windows Analytics Update Compliance, "is a cloud-based solution that provides devices inventory in an organization, version of Windows installed on each device, update status of each device, and antimalware assessment for Windows Defender Antivirus-enabled devices."

It also provides details on devices needing attention, such as those that:

  • Are no longer receiving servicing updates.
  • Have reported a failure at some stage in the update deployment process.
  • Are missing two or more security updates.
  • Have had an update installation that has been "in progress" for more than 7 days.

You can also use the powerful built-in analytics to create custom queries.