Issue No. 69April 2018
New, Windows Server 2019
A few weeks back, Microsoft announced the launch of the newest version of its Server Operating System, 2019. Our engineering team has been receiving questions around this, so we thought we’d dedicate this month’s article around this topic.
Some frequently asked questions about Windows Server 2019:
Q: When will Windows Server 2019 be generally available?
A: Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018.
Q: Is Windows Server 2019 a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release?
A: Windows Server 2019 will mark the next release in Microsoft’s Long-Term Servicing Channel. LTSC continues to be the recommended version of Windows Server for most of the infrastructure scenarios, including workloads like Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and Windows Server Software-defined solutions.
Q: What are the installation options available for Windows Server 2019?
A: As an LTSC release Windows Server 2019 provides the Server with Desktop Experience and Server Core installation options – in contrast to the Semi-Annual Channel that provides only the Server Core installation option and Nano Server as a container image. This will ensure application compatibility for existing workloads.
Q: Will there be a Semi-Annual Channel release at the same time as Windows Server 2019?
A: Yes. The Semi-Annual Channel release scheduled to go at the same time as Windows Server 2019 will bring container innovations and will follow the regular support lifecycle for Semi-Annual Channel releases – 18 months.