Windows Server 2019 preview available now, full version launching later this year

By midian182 · 10 replies
Mar 21, 2018
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  1. Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows Server, called Windows Server 2019, will be available in the second half of this year. The company also revealed some of the software’s new features, and that buyers should expect to pay more for the latest release.

    "It is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL). We will provide more details when available," writes Erin Chapple, Director of Program Management, Windows Server.

    Thankfully, Windows Server 2019 does appear to come with enough new bells and whistles to justify that price jump. It’s also the next release in the Long-Term Servicing Channel for Windows Server, meaning that buyers get five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support. If you’re part of the Windows Insider Program, you can access the preview build right now.

    Microsoft is focusing on four themes with Windows Server 2019: hybrid cloud deployments, improved security, applications, and hyper-converged infrastructure. One of the highlighted features is Project Honolulu, a web-based client that allows admins to control both Server and Azure cloud machines through a single portal.

    “With Windows Server 2019 and Project Honolulu, customers will be able to easily integrate Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, disaster recovery, and much more so they will be able to leverage these Azure services without disrupting their applications and infrastructure,” writes Chapple.

    Container and converged infrastructure support is also being improved, with the size of a Server Core base container image being reduced from about 5GB to under 2GB, a move that “will reduce download time of the image by 72 percent, further optimizing the development time and performance.” There's also support for Kubernetes, which is currently in beta.

    Some of the added security features include new shielded virtual machines—the security measure implemented in Hyper-V in Server 2016—for protecting Linux applications, and support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.

    Check out the full list of features here.

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  2. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 648   +419

    From MS on the linked page to Server info
    Security continues to be a top priority for our customers. The number of cyber-security incidents continue to grow, and the impact of these incidents is escalating quickly. A Microsoft study shows that attackers take, on average, just 24-48 hours to penetrate an environment after infecting the first machine. In addition, attackers can stay in the penetrated environment – without being noticed – for up to 99 days on average, according to a report by FireEye/Mandiant.
    fills me with confidence this does
     
  3. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 268   +148

    I wonder how bad they jumbled up the Interface this time?
     
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  4. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 168   +42

    Just upgraded our DC last year to 2016. Sitting this upgrade out.
     
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,035   +1,461

    You'll probably want to upgrade to this version in 2020 or 2021(after most obvious bugs get ironed out) since it's the next version to receive long term support from MS.
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,068   +1,341

    Article comments:
    In Windows Server 2019, Shielded VMs will now support Linux VMs. We are also extending VMConnect to improve troubleshooting of Shielded VMs for Windows Server and Linux.
    ...
    we previously extended Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) into insider builds for Windows Server, so that customers can run Linux containers side-by-side with Windows containers on a Windows Server. In Windows Server 2019, we are continuing on this journey to improve WSL, helping Linux users bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards like OpenSSH, Curl & Tar. {OpenSSH is an encrypted version of RSH; Curl is a scripted web crawler with screen scraping & Tar is an archive tool aka zip}
     
  7. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,487   +609

    Can't be much worse than trying to force the Windows 8 tablet interface like they did in 2012...
     
  8. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 171   +31

    You know what frustrates me about MS, the fact, that they said there won't be another version of Windows Server.

    Windows 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 and now Windows Server 2019. Last I heard, Windows Server 2012 or 2016 I can't remember which, was going to be future proof.
     
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  9. fktech

    fktech TS Addict Posts: 271   +79

    Update and pay more or else!
     
  10. koblongata

    koblongata TS Booster Posts: 107   +26

    But Sea of Thieves hiccuped
     
  11. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Booster Posts: 85   +40

    Does it work with windows 10 computers?
     

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