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Better Business Security with HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers + Windows Server 2019

Willa

With data breaches and ransomware attacks in the headlines, your customers are very likely thinking about security every day! That is why Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft have come together to help keep your customers’ data safe. When you pair HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers with Windows Server 2019, you are giving your customers a server solution with advanced security features to keep their IT secure.

Building on the impressive security found in Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 offers even more features to help secure the operating system, secure virtualization fabric, and manage privileged administrator credentials.

Microsoft understands that protecting administrator credentials is an important part of preventing security breaches and they have included features in Windows Server 2019 that help do just that. Just in time and Just Enough Administration help ensure that apps, system components, and limited role administrators have just the access privileges they need, and only for as long as necessary.

Managing privileged identities is just one piece of the puzzle, Windows Server 2019 also offers several new features that help secure the operating system. With Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) users can discover and address security breaches. In addition, Windows Defender Exploit Guard helps prevent host intrusion by locking down servers against a wide variety of attack vectors and blocking any vectors commonly used in malware attacks.

If your customers are using Virtual Machines (VMs) it is equally important to make sure they are protected. Windows Server 2019 offers new security featured to help customers protect VMs against unauthorized access and assist with securing network traffic between those VMs. With Windows Server 2019 users can now run Linux inside a protected virtual machine with Shielded VMs for Linux and can protect network traffic with the flip of a switch thanks to Encrypted Subnets.

These are only a few of the security features found in Windows Server 2019. See the comparison matrix below for more information on enhanced security capabilities found in Windows Server 2019. 

Feature

Windows Server 
2008 R2

Windows Server
 2012 R2

Windows 
Server
 2016

Windows Server 
2019

Enhanced Windows Defender (ATP)​

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Shielded VMs for Windows

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Shielded VMs for Linux

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HGS offline mode for shielded VM​

●​

VM Connect for shielded VMs​

●​

Cluster Hardening

●​

SDN encrypted subnet​

●​

Just enough administration

​-

​-

●​

●​

Just in-time administration

​-

●​

●​

●​

Credential Guard

●​

●​

Control Flow Guard

●​

●​

Remote Credential Guard

●​

●​

Device Guard

●​

●​

Dynamic Access Control

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●​

●​

App Locker

​-

●​

●​

●​

Bit Locker

​-

​-

●​

●​


- partial capabilities
● full capabilities


I can't talk about server security without also including the hardware and firmware security features of HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers, the world's most secure industry standard servers…

HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers deliver industry leading security enhancements such as our HPE Silicon Root of Trust Technology and secure supply chain. But how do these features work? When a HPE ProLiant Gen10 server is manufactured, a digital fingerprint is created based on the factory-installed firmware. At boot time, this digital fingerprint is verified, and if the firmware doesn’t match, then the system knows that there is a problem and the server won’t boot. HPE Silicon Root of Trust provides a series of trusted handshakes from lowest level firmware to BIOS and software to ensure a known good state. Furthermore, our Secure Supply Chain helps reduce the risk of supply chain vulnerabilities, all suppliers are required to comply with several standards based on our policies and industry-wide best practices as part of our secure supply chain.

These new and improved security capabilities found in Windows Server 2019 and HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers help shield against firmware attacks, improve network security, and assist with data protection from the moment your customers power on their servers all the way to secure disposal and reclamation.

Together, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft assist with streamlining data protection and give customers peace of mind so they can focus on running their business.

 


Willa Anderson
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Willa manages the HPE | Microsoft Coffee Coaching program. Follow along to learn more about the latest HPE OEM Microsoft product releases and how the HPE Microsoft partnership can benefit partners and customers.