Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 – Now With Even More ‘Windows 10’ Look and Feel

Today, the next version of the Windows Server Technical Preview was released (Technical Preview 4).

Here’s some reference information from Microsoft.

What’s New in Windows Server Technical Preview 4

Release Notes: Important Issues in Windows Server Technical Preview 4

 

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 – Interface

Instead of repeating content that is the same as my Technical Preview 3 article, I thought I would focus specifically on what’s new/changed with this new technical preview.

We still have the 2 installation options available, basically “Core” and “GUI”.

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Windows Server 2016 TP4 – Choose OS Options

The lock screen definitely has that “Windows 10” style, complete with a background image.

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Windows Server 2016 TP4 – Lock Screen

When we login, we see an updated “Windows 10” type interface (that is, with choosing the “Server with Desktop Experience” installation option. Notice the inclusion of the Search icon on the taskbar, as well as the Windows Store. Also notice how the Start menu includes the Live Tiles now included (just like Windows 10).

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Windows Server 2016 TP4 – Desktop

 

New/Changed Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 – Roles and Features

The following is the list of server roles and features that I have observed as being new (in comparison to Windows Server 2016 TP3).

New Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 – Server Roles

I didn’t see any new Roles listed in comparison to my review of Technical Preview 3.

 

New/Changed Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 – Server Features

I didn’t see any new Features listed in comparison to my review of Technical Preview 3.

 

Even though there are no apparent “new” roles or features, per the “What’s New” TechNet article, there are enhancements to the following technologies:

  • Nano
  • Containers
  • AD
  • Clustering
  • Hyper-V
  • Remote Desktop
  • File and Storage
  • PowerShell
  • Networking

 

So those are some of the interesting changes thus far with the new Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. If I’ve missed anything, please let me know and I will update this article.

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