A look at the new features

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The upcoming operating system for Server OS, Microsoft Windows Server 2025, was announced on January 26, 2024. This Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Windows Server is expected to be released in the second half of 2024.

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Whereas Windows Server 2025 Claims to bring improvements that enhance security, performance and flexibility, let’s take a look at some Key new features Which are specific to Windows Server with only desktop experience:

1. Active Directory Domain Services

The latest enhancements to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Domain Services (AD LDS) introduce several new functionalities and capabilities that are intended to optimize the domain management experience, some of which are:

  • The database page size has been increased from 8KB to 32KB to remove limitations caused by the small page size, allowing for larger object sizes in Active Directory.
  • Three new log database files (LDF) Presenting that Expand the AD schema, sch89.ldf, sch90.ldf, and sch91.ldf. The AD LDS equivalent schema updates are in MS-ADAM-Upgrade3.ldf.
  • AD now allows enterprise administrators to repair objects with missing key attributes SamAccountType and ObjectCategory.
  • Windows Server 2025 now offers new forest and domain functional levels, forestlevel 10 and domainlevel 10, respectively.
  • Administrators can now reset the LastLogonTimeStamp attribute to the current time.
  • Local Security Authority (LSA) name and Sid lookup forwarding between machine accounts will now use Kerberos authentication and the DC locator algorithm in Windows Server 2025.
  • The updated Kerberos protocol implementation in Windows Server 2025 supports stronger hashing and encryption protocols, such as SHA256 and SHA384.
  • AD DS now uses Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) code, supports more than 64 cores, and utilizes CPUs across all processor groups

2. Azure Arc

The Azure Arc Setup feature on demand is now installed by default. It provides a user-friendly wizard interface and system tray icon in the taskbar to simplify the process of adding servers to Azure Arc.

3. Bluetooth

With Windows Server 2025, you can now connect peripheral devices such as mouse, keyboard, headset, audio devices, etc. via Bluetooth.

4. Desktop Shell Experience

The desktop shell experience of Windows Server 2025 is similar to the style and appearance of Windows 11.

5. Hotpatching

The updated Windows Server 2025 hotpatching feature allows system updates to be seamlessly applied over a live system without rebooting the server. The in-memory code of processes is updated without restarting, and applications continue running.

6. Hyper-V

With Windows Server 2025, Hyper-V VMs now support up to 1,792 virtual processors with 29.7 terabytes of RAM. The new GPU partitioning (GPU-P) implemented in the operating system allows sharing of GPUs across multiple VMs, supporting functional live migration of VMs between standalone servers, and failover clustering.

7. File Storage

Microsoft claims a 90% increase in IOPS when using Windows Server 2025 with native Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage. Other storage-related enhancements in the new server OS include native deduplication for Resilient File System storage and added support for thin disk provisioning in the Storage Spaces feature.

8. Server Message Block (SMB)

Server Message Block (SMB) is one of the most widely used network protocols in Microsoft Windows network environments for sharing folders and printers on a LAN. Windows Server 2025 brings the following SMB capabilities over QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connection), which allows for more secure and faster connections.

Microsoft released Windows Server 2025 for public preview on May 29, 2024. For detailed information about all the new features available in Windows Server 2025, please visit the web page What’s new in Windows Server 2025 (Preview),

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