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Jan 5 20

Debian 10 Buster | Now available at Powerful Box

Debian 10 Buster

New Debian 10 (Buster) Features.
Debian 10 comes with several desktop applications and environments. The following are some of the desktop environments GNOME 3.22, KDE Plasma 5.8, LXDE, LXQt 0.11, MATE 1.16, and Xfce 4.12. Buster is the first Debian release to ship with Rust based programs such as Firefox, ripgrep, fd, exa, etc. and a significant number of Rust based libraries (more than 450). Buster ships with Rustc 1.32.
What is more, Wayland is the default session type for GNOME 3.

  1. UEFI Secure Boot
    With buster, Debian can now be installed and run on most PCs with Secure Boot enabled. Secure Boot is a security feature enabled on most PCs that prevents loading unsigned code, protecting against some kinds of bootkit and rootkits during OS installations.
  2. AppArmor enabled per default
    Debian Buster for the first time brings a mandatory access control framework enabled per default. New installations of Debian buster will have AppArmor installed and enabled per default. Owing to the large number of security issues being currently experienced around the globe, this is a wonderful move made by Buster. AppArmor is a mandatory access control framework for restricting programs’ capabilities (such as mount, ptrace, and signal permissions, or file read, write, and execute access) by defining per-program profiles.
  3. Network filtering based on nftables framework by default
    nftables is the new packet classification framework that intends to replaces the existing {ip,ip6,arp,eb}_tables infrastructure. nftables provides a full replacement for iptables, with much better performance, a refreshed syntax, better support for IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack firewalls, full atomic operations for dynamic ruleset updates, a Netlink API for third party applications, faster packet classification through enhanced generic set and map infrastructures, and many other improvements.
  4. Cryptsetup defaults to on-disk LUKS2 format
    The cryptsetup version shipped with Debian buster uses the new on-disk LUKS2 format. New LUKS volumes will use this format by default.
  5. Driverless printing with CUPS 2.2.10
    Driverless printing is targeted at the client side of printing and refers to the ability of the client device (computer, smartphone, tablet, laptop etc) to print without having to install any static capability files or drivers (manufacturer-specific or otherwise) on the client. Debian 10 provides CUPS 2.2.10 and cups-filters 1.21.6. Together these give a user everything that is needed to take advantage of driverless printing. The principal requirement is that a network print queue or printer offers an AirPrint service. A modern IPP printer is highly likely to be AirPrint-capable; a Debian CUPS print queue is always AirPrint-enabled.
  6. Basic support for Allwinner A64 based devices
    Debian buster will have basic suport for many devices based on the Allwinner A64 SoC. THis includes FriendlyARM NanoPi A64; Olimex A64-OLinuXino and TERES-A64; PINE64 PINE A64/A64/A64-LTS, SOPINE, and Pinebook; SINOVOIP Banana Pi BPI-M64; and Xunlong Orange Pi Win(Plus).
  7. Linux Kernel 4.19.0-4
    Debian Buster will jump from kernel to 4.19.0-4

Installing Debian 10 (Buster)
Installation guide: How To Install Debian 10 Buster – Complete Steps With Screenshots

There are some of the top new features that Buster will come into the field with. There is much more in store as this new release of Debian again comes with a lot more software than its predecessor stretch. This includes over 15346 new packages, for a total of over 51687 packages.

Debian 10 Buster is now available on our SSD VPS Hosting and Dedicated Servers.

Dec 31 19

Windows Server 2019 Available at Powerful Box


Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is now available at Powerful Box and comes included with any SSD VPS.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s venerable operating system (OS), and it brings to the table a laundry list of new and improved capabilities and features. This release of Windows Server should especially appeal to IT professionals because of the huge number of functional scenarios it can address. While Windows Server isn’t seen on customer premises as much anymore, it’s still the most popular server OS, and that’s across both on-premises data centers as well as in public clouds where it’s widely used in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) implementations.

New features in Windows Server 2019

  1. System Insights
    System Insights is a new feature available in Windows Server 2019 that brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server. These predictive capabilities, each backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyze Windows Server system data, such as performance counters and events, providing insight into the functioning of your servers and helping you reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing issues in your Windows Server deployments.

  1. Hybrid Cloud
    Server Core app compatibility feature on demand: The Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand is an optional feature package that can be added to Windows Server 2019 Server Core installations.
    Features on Demand (FODs) are Windows feature packages that can be added at any time. Common features include language resources like handwriting recognition or other features like the .NET Framework (.NetFx3). When Windows 10 or Windows Server needs a new feature, it can request the feature package from Windows Update. This app feature significantly improves the app compatibility of the Windows Server Core installation option by including a subset of binaries and packages from Windows Server with Desktop Experience, without adding the Windows Server Desktop Experience graphical environment

  1. Improvements in the area of Security
    i. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
    ATP’s deep platform sensors and response actions expose memory and kernel level attacks and respond by suppressing malicious files and terminating malicious processes.
    Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard is a new set of host-intrusion prevention capabilities. The four components of Windows Defender Exploit Guard are designed to lock down the device against a wide variety of attack vectors and block behaviors commonly used in malware attacks.
    ii. Security with Software Defined Networking (SDN)
    These security enhancements are integrated into the comprehensive SDN platform introduced in Windows Server 2016.
    They include:
    Encrypted networks
    Firewall auditing
    Virtual network peering
    Egress metering
    iii. Shielded Virtual Machines improvements
    Linux support
    If you run mixed-OS environments, Windows Server 2019 now supports running Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server inside shielded virtual machines
    Troubleshooting improvements
    Troubleshooting shielded virual machines has been made easier by VMConnect Enhanced Session Mode and PowerShell Direct. These features do not need to be configured, and they become available automatically when a shielded VM is placed on a Hyper-V host running Windows Server version 1803 or later.
    iv. HTTP/2 for a faster and safer Web
    Improved coalescing of connections to deliver an uninterrupted and properly encrypted browsing experience.
    Upgraded HTTP/2’s server-side cipher suite negotiation for automatic mitigation of connection failures and ease of deployment.
    Changed our default TCP congestion provider to Cubic to give you more throughput!
  2. Storage
    This release of Windows Server adds the following storage changes and technologies.

i. Manage storage with Windows Admin Center
ii. Storage Migration Service
iii. Storage Spaces Direct (Windows Server 2019 only)
• Deduplication and compression for ReFS volumes
• Native support for persistent memory
• Nested resiliency for two-node hyper-converged infrastructure at the edge
• Two-server clusters using a USB flash drive as a witness
• Windows Admin Center
• Performance history
• Scale up to 4 PB per cluster
• Mirror-accelerated parity is 2X faster
• Drive latency outlier detection
• Manually delimit the allocation of volumes to increase fault tolerance
iv. Storage Replica
v. File Server Resource Manager

Windows Server 2019 includes the ability to prevent the File Server Resource Manager service from creating a change journal (also known as a USN journal) on all volumes when the service starts.
vi. SMB
• SMB1 and guest authentication removal
• SMB2/SMB3 security and compatibility

vii. Data Deduplication
• Data Deduplication now supports ReFS
• DataPort API for optimized ingress/egress to deduplicated volumes

  1. Application Platform
    i. Linux containers on Windows
    It is now possible to run Windows and Linux-based containers on the same container host, using the same docker daemon.
    ii. Building Support for Kubernetes
    Windows Server 2019 continues the improvements to compute, networking and storage from the semi-annual channel releases needed to support Kubernetes on Windows.
    iii. Container improvements
    • Improved integrated identity
    • Better application compatibility
    • Reduced size and higher performance
    • Management experience using Windows Admin Center (preview)
    iv. Low Extra Delay Background Transport
    Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) is a latency optimized, network congestion control provider designed to automatically yield bandwidth to users and applications.
    v. High performance SDN gateways
    This greatly improves the performance for IPsec and GRE connections
    vi. Persistent Memory support for Hyper-V VMs
    This can help to drastically reduce database transaction latency or reduce recovery times for low latency in-memory databases on failure
    vii. Windows Time Service
    viii. Network performance improvements for virtual workloads
    New features include:
    Receive Segment Coalescing in the vSwitch
    Dynamic Virtual Machine Multi-Queue (d.VMMQ)

  1. Removed Features in Windows Server 2019
    • Business Scanning, also called Distributed Scan Management(DSM)
    • Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS)\
    • Print components – now optional component for Server Coreinstallations
    • Remote Desktop Connection Broker and Remote Desktop Virtualization Host in a Server Core installation
    • These RDS roles are no longer available for use in a Server Core installation. If youneed to deploy these roles as part of your Remote Desktopinfrastructure, you can install them on Windows Server withDesktop Experience.

  1. Deprecated Features in Windows Server 2019
    Features no longer being developed by the team are:
    • Key Storage Drive in Hyper-V
    • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) management console
    • Host Guardian Service Active Directory attestation mode
    • Remote Differential Compression API support
    • OneSync service
Dec 30 19

Powerful Box Open

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Powerful Box is fully functional and is now officially open for business to deliver super-fast SSD UK hosting services and stunning responsive Web Design.  We have over 16 years of experience within the Web Hosting and Web Design industry and host our servers on a world class infrastructure, only using the latest powerful Intel CPUs, fastest available RAM on the market and datacenter class NVMe SSD storage devices to make sure your services run smoothly as possible. We also have over 500Gbps Anti DDoS Protection to protect all our services keeping you online & secure.