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Windows Server 2019 announced, coming in second half of 2018

Windows Server 2019 will launch later this year and it's now available in preview, Microsoft announced today (opens in new tab). Windows Server 2019 will be the next major release for long-term servicing channel (LTSC), building off of Windows Server 2016 with a specific focus on four key areas: Hybrid, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-converged infrastructure.

In Windows Server 2019, customers will be able to take advantage of Microsoft's Project Honolulu (opens in new tab) to easily integrate Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, disaster recovery, and more, Microsoft says. In terms of security, Windows Server 2019 will also add Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), which can help to detect and prevent zero-day exploits and other attacks.

Further, Windows Server 2019 will also introduce the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This is already being tested with Insider builds for Windows server, but Windows Server 2019 will help Linux users "bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards like OpenSSH, Curl & Tar." The release will also support Kubernetes. Microsoft also notes that System Center 2019 is coming and will support Windows Server 2019.

Microsoft says that Windows Server 2019 is expected to be released in the second half of 2018. For now, you can get an early look at some of what's coming with the first preview build, Windows Server vNext LTSC build 17623.

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  • Interesting. How does this affect Windows Server 1709? It was initially supposed to be released with and without the GUI, but was released as the GUI-less only, right?
  • iirc the 1709 branch is more for Azure and datacenters where a gui is not required and only takes up precious memory. The 2019 version also comes in core and Nano but also with a gui for on-premise installations where a gui is required. Check the FAQ at the bottom here ;
  • Thanks for reply and link. So is there a 1703 or 1709-era kernel for Server 2016? If not, perhaps I can assume that's what a Server 2019 will bring?
  • I guess I always assumed that Windows server would also become a service like Windows 10, but looks like they're still releasing new versions.
  • They changed the number on the box.
  • They need to make live tiles useful for servers. Consumer Apps by default in start menu has no-sense on servers. For example live tiles anchored by default of Performance Manager and other management consoles and commands (i.e. ipconfig)