The second Windows Server 2016 preview also includes support for rolling upgrades for Hyper-V and Storage Clusters and compute resiliency, which will enable virtual machines (VMs) to continue running even if compute-cluster fabric service fails. Storage Replica -- a synchronous storage replication feature for backup and disaster recovery -- will be in this second preview, as well.
The new Windows Server Container and Hyper-V Container functionality that Microsoft is building into Windows Server 2016 won't be available in preview form until the next technical preview, which will be available some time this summer, Microsoft officials said. The same is true of the Service Fabric that Microsoft is building into both Azure and Windows Server. That technology is coming in a future preview of Windows Server 2016, according to Microsoft officials.
New features in System Center 2016 technical preview 2 include:
Improved Linux management, including Desired State Configuration (DSC) support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.
Software Defined Datacenter management, including mixed mode cluster upgrades, enhanced Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) management, and deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) at scale.
New monitoring capabilities for Azure, Office365, SQL Server and Exchange.