Microsoft on Wednesday, made the new Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1711 Build 01003 along with an Insider Preview Build 17035 of Windows Server to Windows Server Insiders.
The preview images an ISO format or VHDX format available to Server Insiders are now pre-keyed, so you no need to enter a key during setup.
For those new, “Project Honolulu is a flexible, lightweight browser-based customer-deployed platform and solution for Windows Server management scenarios for troubleshooting, configuration and maintenance.”
Those upgrading from version 1709 should manually refresh theri browser (F5) on first launch, see below for new in this Project Honolulu Technical Preview release:
Remote Desktop in Server Manager lets connect to a machine to complete scenarios that are not yet supported natively in Honolulu. To configure a feature that has no GUI tool, connect with Remote Desktop and open PowerShell!
Windows 10 Client Management lets you add client machines as connections in Honolulu, and manage them with a subset of tools in the “Computer Management” Solution
Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) – short of SCVMM, there was previously no GUI experience to configure Switch Embedded Teaming (SET), a new feature released in Windows Server 2016. You will find this feature in the Virtual Switches tool.
Data grid performance improvements in the Certificates and Events tools to a more performant control which is able to handle large datasets without a loss in performance. In the next release, it will be updated across all tools.
LAPS in Service mode is now removed, however, you may still use LAPS when Project Honolulu is deployed as a Server service on Windows 10.
Here’s what’s new in Build 17035 for Windows Server:
- Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) is enabled. Storage Spaces Direct is the foundation of our hyper-converged solution and we’re continuing to evolve it. In this preview build we not only brought it back, but we’re adding some new and important updates to it – such as support for Data Deduplication, a commonly requested feature for Storage Spaces Direct and ReFS. Starting with this build, Data Deduplication will reduce the data footprint by up to 50%.
- Developers can now use localhost or loopback (127.0.0.1) to access services running in containers on the host
Also, Symbols are available on the public symbol server. As before, matching Windows Server container images will be available via Docker Hub.
Registered users can obtain these Insider software downloads directly from the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.
This Server Insider pre-release build will expire on July 2nd, 2018.
Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17035 to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17035 or greater is released as well.
The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.