Subscribers have gotten the chance to explore the ultra-modern platform for months, but to those who have held off fiddling with Windows Server 2019 until this official release, today it is formally readily available for download.
Security, resiliency, SDN
Among the top features of Windows Server 2019 include enterprise-grade support for hyperconverged infrastructure which may be bundled with the server license, a new desktop GUI, the Project Honolulu server-management tool, security improvements, stronger containers and subsystem for running Linux located on the server.
The new release also embraces software-defined networking (SDN) including virtual-network peering and encryption, auditing and IPv6 support. One of many security features yields simpler to encrypt communications among systems to shield data.
Windows Server 2019 provides resiliency for shielded virtual machines by creating it possible to set up primary and secondary host guardian service (HGS) servers so in case one fails, the remaining kicks in. HGS provides attestation and key protection that are needed to run shielded VMs.
Replace beta code now
For those who haven’t prepped for moving to Windows Server 2019, a smart approach is always start with some of the most commonly deployed areas: native Windows Server features, data-center-focused components and new Windows Admin Center management tools.
Service repair shop that has downloaded a preview release should download and replace any beta code, files and installations along with the code from your general availability release.
Early adopters of Windows Server 2019 located the code base as extremely dependable due to its testing the fact that the semi-annual release cycle has enabled. As a result, hesitancy of organizations to leap into this major update need to be lessened and encourage the more aggressive adoption cycle by enterprises.
The new Windows Server release schedule
General method of getting any product release from Microsoft means the beta testing cycle has finished, the code is now through testing and validation but is formally provided to organizations to begin the process production deployment.
However, unlike previous releases of Windows Server where general availability would mean a significant overhaul from previous version, that may be 3 or 4 years old. But originating in Windows Server 2016, Microsoft initiated a cycle of interim releases of one’s Windows Server code.
It means for the past three years, organizations that elected to be semi-annual channel distribution plans have received code updates twice yearly, so many of the “new” features released in Windows Server 2019 have always been trialed.
These semi-annual releases have enabled the vetting newest features and functions so, unlike previous major releases where everything was cutting edge and untested in diverse environments, lots of features and functions are on second, third and sometimes even fourth updates.