Windows Server 2025 vs 2022: Detailed Overview

Windows Server 2025 represents the next evolution of Microsoft's server operating system, aiming to enhance security, performance, scalability, and IT infrastructure management. This blog post will provide a detailed comparison of Windows Server 2025 and its predecessor, Windows .

Windows Server 2022: A Recap

Windows is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2019 and brings many innovations on three key themes: security, Azure hybrid integration and management, and application platform.

Here are some of the key features of Windows :

  • Azure Edition: Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition helps you use the benefits of cloud to keep your VMs up to date while minimizing downtime.
  • Hotpatching: This feature is available for Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition.
  • over QUIC: This feature is available for Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition.
  • Software-defined Networking: This feature is available for Windows Server 2022 Datacenter.
  • Storage Replica: This feature is available for all editions of Windows Server 2022.

Windows Server 2025: What's New?

Windows Server 2025 is driven by your feedback and your desire to embrace a hybrid, adaptive cloud. Here are a few areas Microsoft is investing in:

  • Windows Server Hotpatching for everyone: This feature allows for seamless updates to your server without the need for a reboot.
  • Next Generation and : These features aim to enhance the security and efficiency of your network infrastructure.
  • Mission Critical Data & Storage: This feature focuses on improving the reliability and performance of your data storage.
  • Hyper-V & : This feature aims to integrate artificial intelligence capabilities into your .

Comparison of Windows Server 2022 and 2025

Here's a comparison of the features available in Windows Server 2022 and 2025:

Feature Windows Server 2022 Windows Server 2025
Azure Edition Yes Yes
Hotpatching Datacenter: Azure Edition All editions
SMB over QUIC Datacenter: Azure Edition All editions
Software-defined Networking Datacenter All editions
Storage Replica All editions All editions

In conclusion, Windows Server 2025 builds upon the strong foundation of Windows Server 2022 and introduces several new features and enhancements. By understanding the differences between these two versions, IT professionals can make informed decisions about upgrading their server infrastructure.

Stay tuned for more detailed posts about each of these features in the coming weeks!

For more information, please visit the official announcement.

Author: Robert Smit [MVP]

Robert Smit is Senior Technical Evangelist and is a current Microsoft MVP in Clustering as of 2009.
Robert has over 20 years experience in IT with experience in the educational, health-care and finance industries.
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