Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition helps you use the benefits of cloud to keep your VMs up to date while minimizing downtime. This section describes some of the new features in Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition. Learn more about how Azure Automanage for Windows Server brings these new capabilities to Windows Server Azure Edition in the Azure Automanage for Windows Server services article.
Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition builds on Datacenter Edition to deliver a VM-only operating system that helps to use the benefits of cloud, with advanced features like SMB over QUIC, Hotpatch, and Azure Extended Networking. This section describes some of these new features.
Compare the differences in the editions in Windows Server 2022. You can also learn more about how Azure Automanage for Windows Server brings these new capabilities to Windows Server Azure Edition in the Azure Automanage for Windows Server services article.
Storage Replica compression for data transfer
This update includes Storage Replica compression for data transferred between the source and destination servers. This new functionality compresses the replication data at the source system, sent over the network and decompressed and saved on the destination. The compression results in fewer network packets to transfer the same amount of data, allowing for more throughput, and less network utilization. Higher data throughput should also result in lowering synchronization time for when you need it most, for example in a disaster recovery scenario.
New Storage Replica PowerShell parameters are available for existing commands, review the Windows PowerShell StorageReplica reference to learn more. For more information about Storage Replica, see the Storage Replica overview.
Support for Azure Stack HCI
With this release you can run Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition as a supported guest VM on Azure Stack HCI version 22H2. With Azure Edition running on Azure Stack HCI, you’ll be able to use all the existing features including Hotpatch for Server Core and SMB over QUIC at your datacenter and edge locations.