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22 May 2018

Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview




What’s new in Windows Server 2019


Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 – which continues to see great momentum in customer adoption. Windows Server 2016 is the fastest adopted version of Windows Server, ever! We’ve been busy since its launch at Ignite 2016 drawing insights from your feedback and product telemetry to make this release even better.



We also spent a lot of time with customers to understand the future challenges and where the industry is going. Four themes were consistent – Hybrid, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-converged infrastructure. We bring numerous innovations on these four themes in Windows Server 2019.

Windows Server 1709 – Everything you need to know in 10 minutes

Hybrid cloud scenarios:

We know that the move to the cloud is a journey and often, a hybrid approach, one that combines on-premises and cloud environments working together, is what makes sense to our customers. Extending Active Directory, synchronizing file servers, and backup in the cloud are just a few examples of what customers are already doing today to extend their datacenters to the public cloud. In addition, a hybrid approach also allows for apps running on-premises to take advantage of innovation in the cloud such as Artificial Intelligence and IoT. Hybrid cloud enables a future-proof, long-term approach – which is exactly why we see it playing a central role in cloud strategies for the foreseeable future.

At Ignite in September 2017, we announced the Technical Preview of Project Honolulu – our reimagined experience for management of Windows and Windows Server. Project Honolulu is a flexible, lightweight browser-based locally-deployed platform and a solution for management scenarios. One of our goals with Project Honolulu is to make it simpler and easier to connect existing deployments of Windows Server to Azure services. 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.


Security:

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. We continue on our journey to help our customers improve their security posture by working on features that bring together learnings from running global-scale datacenters for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and several other online services.

Our approach to security is three-fold – Protect, Detect and Respond. We bring security features in all three areas in Windows Server 2019.
On the Protect front, we introduced Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016, which was enthusiastically received by our customers. Shielded VMs protect virtual machines (VM) from compromised or malicious administrators in the fabric so only VM admins can access it on known, healthy, and attested guarded fabric. 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 are adding Encrypted Networks that will let admins encrypt network segments, with a flip of a switch to protect the network layer between servers.

On the Detect and Respond front, in Windows Server 2019, we are embedding Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that provides preventative protection, detects attacks and zero-day exploits among other capabilities, into the operating system. This gives customers access to deep kernel and memory sensors, improving performance and anti-tampering, and enabling response actions on server machines.

Application Platform:

A key guiding principle for us on the Windows Server team is a relentless focus on the developer experience. Two key aspects to call out for the developer community are improvements to Windows Server containers and Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL).

Since the introduction of containers in Windows Server 2016, we have seen great momentum in its adoption. Tens of millions of container images have been downloaded from the Docker Hub. The team learned from feedback that a smaller container image size will significantly improve experience of developers and IT Pros who are modernizing their existing applications using containers. In Windows Server 2019, our goal is to reduce the Server Core base container image to a third of its current size of 5 GB. This will reduce download time of the image by 72%, further optimizing the development time and performance.

We are also continuing to improve the choices available when it comes to orchestrating Windows Server container deployments. Kubernetes support is currently in beta, and in Windows Server 2019, we are introducing significant improvements to compute, storage, and networking components of a Kubernetes cluster.

A feedback we constantly hear from developers is the complexity in navigating environments with Linux and Windows deployments. To address that, 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.

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI): 

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI): HCI is one of the latest trends in the server industry today. According to IDC, the HCI market grew 64% in 2016 and Gartner says it will be a $5 billion market by 2019. This trend is primarily because customers understand the value of using x86 servers with high performant local disks to run their compute and storage needs at the same time. In addition, HCI gives the flexibility to easily scale such deployments.

Customers looking for HCI solutions can use Windows Server 2016 and the Windows Server Software Defined program today. We partnered with industry leading hardware vendors to provide an affordable and yet extremely robust HCI solution with validated design. In Windows Server 2019 we are building on this platform by adding scale, performance, and reliability. We are also adding the ability to manage HCI deployments in Project Honolulu, to simplify the management and day-to-day activities on HCI environments.

Finally, Window Server customers using System Center will be excited to know that System Center 2019 is coming and will support Windows Server 2019.

We have much more to share between now and the launch later this year. We will bring more details on the goodness of Windows Server 2019 in a blog series that will cover the areas above.

What’s new in Windows Server, version 1709 for the software-defined datacenter | BRK2278


Windows Server 2019 with no RDSH and Windows 10 Multi-user and even RDmi, where do we go?

The newest rumors and stories in my timeline suggested that the RDSH role is depleted in Windows Server 2019. Windows Server 2019 is a preview version just released. Some are installing it and they find that you can’t install the Remote Desktop Services role anymore. Together with stories about a Multi-user Windows 10 version, Microsoft working on RDmi, rumors come easily. My thoughts on this are captured in this blog, they are thoughts only so far, the truth is out there but not available for us right now. Perhaps my thoughts are far-fetched but it is what came to mind. There is an update already, I woven it into the article.

RDS(H)
Remote Desktop Services Host is a role of Remote desktop services. RDS is the backbone of a lot of virtual environments. Since the late 90s, we’ve seen Citrix and Microsoft progress their offering based on this. You can’t deploy Citrix XenApp,  VMware Horizon RDSH server or Microsoft RDSH without this role enabled. Many companies rely on this role. Multiple users could access applications or a desktop session on one server and work together without interfering with each other. It paved the way to a centralized desktop (before VDI came into play) with a reasonable TCO. One of the key benefits of this model was that data and application managed was centralized.

The downside of the solution always was the fact that resources are shared, applications are not always supported and features like store apps are not supported. The performance was a challenge for some use cases and that’s one of the reasons VDI was introduced, a single user desktop with non-shared resources (shared on a different level).

Windows Server 2019
Soon after Windows Server 2019 – Preview Release was available stories came out of the RDSH role missing. I saw several stories about trying to install the role but failing to do so. Of course, this is a preview so we have to see if the final version also has this limitation. If the role is not available, and why would the preview not have a default role like this, there be no reason for that. It seems that the RDSH role is to disappear and that customers will be offered other option, read on for the other options.

Sign on the wall
There are signs on the wall that times are a changing. Let’s take a look at the different suspects in this case (watching a detective while writing). Windows 10 Multi-user and RDmi are the ones that come to mind.

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Windows 10 Multi-user
Microsoft Windows 10 will be having a multi-user version. So the initial thought was that they are transferring the RDS roles to Windows 10. It would make sense in a way that several features are easier implemented when running Windows 10. Features like access to Store apps, OneDrive on demand are accessible for Windows 10 users. That, however, is only true when you run a single user Windows 10 platform and will not have issues with a multi-user environment no matter the operating system. A Windows 10 Multi-user to replace an RDSH server to bring certain features seems far sought.

One reason I can think of is licensing. Server licenses are less expensive and transferring RDS to Windows 10 would force customers to acquire Windows 10 Desktop licenses with the CALs. For a lot of customers that would be a huge issue perhaps even getting them to think of moving to physical devices again. Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2019 might be more expensive and forcing people to RDS-VDI environments might hurt them more than they like to. Initially, I thought this was the reason for the missing role but perhaps there is more. This is still a valid option I think but one for the future when RDmi is a more common scenario.



RDmi
Another announcement of Microsoft is RDmi, Remote Desktop modern infra. Another initial thought is about Citrix XenApp essentials and RDmi but that’s another topic. One I work on from the 1st of April. Back to the topic.

RDmi is Remote Desktop Modern infra is the evolution in RDS and is offered as a .NET service running in Azure. The idea behind it is that all the roles you need to set up an RDS environment (given you want a Microsoft environment) are offered as a service. I won’t go deeper into RDmi right now, the intent of this article is not to explain RDmi. What I see from this offering is that Microsoft is moving RDS to Azure and enabling it to work with HTML5 clients as well. It enables more flexibility and disconnect some components from your network. There is far more to learn about this but the drawing and link below give a very good insight.

More info is found at https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/09/20/first-look-at-updates-coming-to-remote-desktop-services/

There will be a migration strategy offered for customers when it goes live. we have to wait a bit for more info. there are some blogs online already so do your “google” search.

Windows 10 Multi-user, RDmi or “old skool” RDSH, where do we go?
RDmi is a more interesting suspect, it brings modern features to RDS. It brings Azure into the picture and would offer customers a route to migrate to the new RDS offering without huge investments and testing. not every customer is keen on moving their workload to the Cloud so that might be why Windows 10 Multi-User mode is coming, although I wonder if customers are looking for that one.

I think, but that is just me, that Multi-user Windows 10s use case is different. Not sure yet what that use case is but not to massively replace RDSH. Migrating to Windows 10 would cost a lot of effort for customers, assuming they now run a server version for their desktop environment. The Windows 10 features would not be usable with multiple users working alongside each other.

Extending Windows Admin Center to manage your applications and infrastructure using modern browser-based technologies



So there are two offerings on the table and if you ask me I think there will be a campaign to move customers to RDmi. It won’t take away the burden of image management but will offer the roles as a service relieving IT admins from that management. We’ve seen similar offerings from Citrix and VMware, take the management burden away and let IT admins take care of the image only. Customs that can’t or won’t still run an on-premises environment presumably with Windows 10 in the future (1809). Microsoft is mapping the future and their idea of how you offer RDSH, as a service that is.

Because Microsoft has shifted to a more gradual upgrade of Windows Server, many of the features that will become available with Windows Server 2019 have already been in use in live corporate networks, and here are half a dozen of the best.

Enterprise-grade hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)

With the release of Windows Server 2019, Microsoft rolls up three years of updates for its HCI platform. That’s because the gradual upgrade schedule Microsoft now uses includes what it calls Semi-Annual Channel releases – incremental upgrades as they become available. Then every couple of years it creates a major release called the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version that includes the upgrades from the preceding Semi-Annual Channel releases.

Windows Admin Center



The LTSC Windows Server 2019 is due out this fall, and is now available to members of Microsoft’s Insider program.

While the fundamental components of HCI (compute, storage and networking) have been improved with the Semi-Annual Channel releases, for organizations building datacenters and high-scale software defined platforms, Windows Server 2019 is a significant release for the software-defined datacenter.

With the latest release, HCI is provided on top of a set of components that are bundled in with the server license. This means a backbone of servers running HyperV to enable dynamic increase or decrease of capacity for workloads without downtime. (For more on Microsoft HCI go here.)

GUI for Windows Server 2019

A surprise for many enterprises that started to roll-out the Semi-Annual Channel versins of Windows Server 2016 was the lack of a GUI for those releases.  The Semi-Annual Channel releases only supported ServerCore (and Nano) GUI-less configurations.  With the LTSC release of Windows Server 2019, IT Pros will once again get their desktop GUI of Windows Server in addition to the GUI-less ServerCore and Nano releases.



Project Honolulu

With the release of Windows Server 2019, Microsoft will formally release their Project Honolulu server management tool.



Project Honolulu is a central console that allows IT pros to easily manage GUI and GUI-less Windows 2019, 2016 and 2012R2 servers in their environments.

The evolution of Windows Server: Project Honolulu and what's new in 1709



Early adopters have found the simplicity of management that Project Honolulu provides by rolling up common tasks such as performance monitoring (PerfMon), server configuration and settings tasks, and the management of Windows Services that run on server systems.  This makes these tasks easier for administrators to manage on a mix of servers in their environment.

Updates to server management with the Windows Admin Center (formerly Honolulu) & PowerShell Core


Improvements in security

Microsoft has continued to include built-in security functionality to help organizations address an “expect breach” model of security management.  Rather than assuming firewalls along the perimeter of an enterprise will prevent any and all security compromises, Windows Server 2019 assumes servers and applications within the core of a datacenter have already been compromised.

Windows Server 2019 includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that assess common vectors for security breaches, and automatically blocks and alerts about potential malicious attacks.  Users of Windows 10 have received many of the Windows Defender ATP features over the past few months. Including  Windows Defender ATP on Windows Server 2019 lets them take advantage of data storage, network transport and security-integrity components to prevent compromises on Windows Server 2019 systems.

The battle to increase security continues unabated and in this version we get Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard, which is an umbrella for four new features: Network protection blocks outbound access from processes on the server to untrusted hosts/IP address based on Windows Defender SmartScreen information. Controlled folder access protects specified folders against untrusted process access such as ransomware whereas Exploit protection mitigates vulnerabilities in similar ways to what EMET used to do. Finally, Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) lets you set policies to block malicious files, scripts, lateral movement and so on.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is now available for Windows Server, as well, and can integrate with your current deployment.

These measures will increase the security of your Hyper-V hosts but another feature (also first seen in a SAC release) applies directly to virtualization deployments: Encrypted Networks in SDN. A single click when you create a new virtual network in the SDN stack will ensure that all traffic on that network is encrypted, preventing eavesdropping. Note that this does not protect against malicious administrators but curiously, Microsoft has promised such protection in forthcoming versions, bringing the network protection in line with the host security Shielded Virtual Machines offer.

Smaller, more efficient containers

Organizations are rapidly minimizing the footprint and overhead of their IT operations and eliminating more bloated servers with thinner and more efficient containers. Windows Insiders have benefited by achieving higher density of compute to improve overall application operations with no additional expenditure in hardware server systems or expansion of hardware capacity.

Windows Server 2019 has a smaller, leaner ServerCore image that cuts virtual machine overhead by 50-80 percent.  When an organization can get the same (or more) functionality in a significantly smaller image, the organization is able to lower costs and improve efficiencies in IT investments.



There's a lot of focus on hybrid cloud in this preview, which makes sense, given Microsoft's assertion that most businesses will be in a hybrid state for a long time to come. The focus on containers continues with much smaller images available for both the server core and Nano server images.

But the coolest feature yet is the ability to run Linux containers on Windows Server. This first saw light in one of the SAC releases and it makes a lot of sense. Remember that in Windows (unlike Linux) we have two flavors of containers, Windows Containers and Hyper-V Containers. For a developer they work exactly the same and it's a deployment choice (develop on normal containers and deploy in production in Hyper-V containers). The Hyper-V flavor gives you the security isolation of a VM although they're much smaller than a "real" VM. So, the next logical step was running a different OS in the container, in this case Linux. Following a tutorial, I was able to get a Linux  container up and running quickly.

Windows subsystem on Linux

A decade ago, one would rarely say Microsoft and Linux in the same breath as complimentary platform services, but that has changed. Windows Server 2016 has open support for Linux instances as virtual machines, and the new Windows Server 2019 release makes huge headway by including an entire subsystem optimized for the operation of Linux systems on Windows Server.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux extends basic virtual machine operation of Linux systems on Windows Server, and provides a deeper layer of integration for networking, native filesystem storage and security controls. It can enable encrypted Linux virtual instances. That’s exactly how Microsoft provided Shielded VMs for Windows in Windows Server 2016, but now native Shielded VMs for Linux on Windows Server 2019.

Enterprises have found the optimization of containers along with the ability to natively support Linux on Windows Server hosts can decrease costs by eliminating the need for two or three infrastructure platforms, and instead running them on Windows Server 2019.

Because most of the “new features” in Windows Server 2019 have been included in updates over the past couple years, these features are not earth-shattering surprises.  However, it also means that the features in Windows Server 2019 that were part of Windows Server 2016 Semi-Annual Channel releases have been tried, tested, updated and proven already, so that when Windows Server 2019 ships, organizations don’t have to wait six to 12 months for a service pack of bug fixes.

Windows Admin Center

No discussion of the future of Windows Server is complete without mentioning the free, Web-based Windows Admin Center (WAC), formerly known as "Project Honolulu." It's going to be the GUI for managing Windows Server, including Hyper-V servers, clusters, Storage Spaces Direct and HCI clusters. It's got a lot of benefits over the current mix of Server Manager, Hyper-V Manager and Failover Cluster Manager (along with PowerShell) that we use today, including the simple fact that it's all in the one UI.

How to get started with Windows Admin Center


Updates to server management with the Windows Admin Center (formerly Honolulu) & PowerShell Core


Storage Replica & Migration

In Windows Server 2016 (Datacenter only) we finally got the missing puzzle piece in Microsoft's assault on SANs -- Storage Replica (SR). This directly competes with (very expensive) SAN replication technologies and lets you replicate from any volume on a single server or a cluster to another volume in another location (synchronously up to 150 km [90 miles for those of you in the United States]), asynchronously anywhere on the planet). This is useful for creating stretched Hyper-V clusters for very high resiliency or for Disaster Recovery (DR) in general.

In Windows Server 2019 Standard we're getting SR "Lite": a single volume per server (unlimited in Datacenter), a single partnership per volume (unlimited in Datacenter) and up to 2TB volumes (unlimited in Datacenters). These are the current limitations in the preview and voting is open to change this.

Hyper-V Replica is a different technology than SR. For instance, you could create a stretched Hyper-V cluster with SR as the transport mechanism for the underlying storage between the two locations and then use Hyper-V Replica for DR, replicating VMs to a third location or to Azure.

A totally new feature, Storage Migration Service is coming in Windows Server 2019. Intended to solve the problem of migrating from older versions of Windows Server to 2019 or Azure, it's not directly related to Hyper-V, although you can of course use it from within VMs or to migrate data to Azure Stack.

Data Deduplication is now available for Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with the ReFS filesystem, so you could be looking at saving up to 50 percent of disk space. Speaking of S2D, Microsoft now supports Persistent Memory (aka Storage Class Memory) which is essentially battery-backed DDR memory sticks, leading to storage with incredibly low latency. Also new is performance history for S2D, where you can get a history of performance across drives, NICs, servers, VMs, vhd/vhdx files, volumes and the overall cluster. You can either use PowerShell or Windows Admin Center to access the data.

Failover Clustering

One of the biggest gripes I hear from cluster administrators is the difficulty of moving a cluster from one domain to another (mergers is a common cause of this); this is being addressed in 2019. Using just two PowerShell cmdlets you can remove the cluster name account from the original Active Directory domain, shut down the cluster functionality, unjoin from the source domain and add all nodes to a workgroup, then join them to the new domain and create new cluster resources in the destination AD domain. This definitely adds flexibility around Hyper-V clusters and their domain status.



Speaking of clusters, most businesses I speak to tend to keep the number of nodes in their clusters relatively low (six, eight, 12 and 16 nodes), even though the max number of nodes is 64, and instead have more clusters. Each of these clusters is totally separate but that's going to change in Windows Server 2019. You'll be able to group several clusters together (Hyper-V, Storage and even Hyper-Converged), with a Master cluster resource running on one cluster, coordinating with a Cluster Set Worker in each cluster. You'll be able to Live Migrate VMs from one cluster to another. I can see this being useful for scaling out Azure Stack (currently limited to 12 nodes) and for bringing the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) closer to reality.

Another minor but potentially vital detail is using a file share witness stored in DFS. This isn't and has never been supported but not everyone reads the documentation. Imagine a six-node cluster with three nodes in a separate building with a file share witness as the tie breaker for the quorum. You could end up in a situation where the network connection between the two buildings is severed and the three nodes on one side keeps the cluster service (and thus the VMs) running because they can talk to the file share witness. But the other side has a DFS replicated copy of the same file share witness, so they, too, decide to keep the cluster service running (as they also have a majority of votes) and both sides could potentially be writing to back-end storage simultaneously, leading to serious data corruption. In Windows Server 2019 if you try to store a file share witness in DFS you'll get an error message and if it's added to DFS replication at some point in time later, it'll stop working.

You can also create a file share witness that doesn't use an AD account for scenarios where a DC isn't available (DMZ), or in a workgroup/cross-domain cluster.


Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI): In Windows Server 2019, HCI will get scale, performance, and reliability. The team is also adding the ability to manage HCI deployments in Project Honolulu, to simplify the management and day-to-day activities on HCI environments.

Windows Server 2019 will be integrated with Project Honolulu, a browser-based management solution. Microsoft aims to make it easier for enterprises to connect their existing deployments of Windows Server to Azure services.

“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,” wrote Erin Chapple, Director of Program Management, Windows Server.

Microsoft is enhancing the security in Windows Server 2019, with a three-point approach: protect, detect and respond. The company has added Shielded VMs with support for Linux VMs as well. It will protect VMs against malicious activities. The addition of Encrypted Networks will enable encryption of network segments to protect network layer between servers.

Windows Server 2019 will have embedded Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to detect attacks in the operating system. Sysadmins will have access to deep kernel and memory sensors, so that they can respond on server machines.

Under application platform, there will be improved orchestration for Windows Server container deployments. Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) support in new version will enable Linux users to bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards like OpenSSH, Curl, and Tar. There is also a support of Kubernetes, which is currently in beta.

The Windows Server 2019 reduces the size of Server Core base container image from 5 GB to less than 2 GB. This will reduce the image download time by 72%, resulting in optimized development time and performance.

On Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) front, Microsoft said that it has added the ability in Windows Server 2019 to manage HCI deployments using Project Honolulu. It will make the management of several activities on HCI environments simpler.


This is a significant change that is helping organizations plan their adoption of Windows Server 2019 sooner than orgs may have adopted a major release platform in the past, and with significant improvements for enterprise datacenters in gaining the benefits of Windows Server 2019 to meet security, scalability, and optimized data center requirements so badly needed in today’s fast-paced environments.

Sign up for the Insiders program to access Windows Server 2019

We know you probably cannot wait to get your hands on the next release, and the good news is that the preview build is available today to Windows Insiders  https://insider.windows.com/en-us/for-business-getting-started-server/.

Join the program to ensure you have access to the bits. For more details on this preview build, check out the Release Notes.

We love hearing from you, so don’t forget to provide feedback using the Windows Feedback Hub app, or the Windows Server space in the Tech community.

Frequently asked questions

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 our 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.

Q: Does Windows Server 2019 have the same licensing model as Windows Server 2016?

A: Yes. Check more information on how to license Windows Server 2016 today in the Windows Server Pricing page. It is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL). We will provide more details when available.

More Information:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/05/15/announcing-windows-server-2019-insider-preview-build-17666/#OkRm0tD7feCTWXAF.97

https://www.techtask.com/whats-coming-sharepoint-server-2019-premises/

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3265052/data-center/top-6-features-in-windows-server-2019.html

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server

https://virtualizationreview.com/articles/2018/04/30/windows-server-2019-new-in-hyperv.aspx

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/windows-server-2019-features-92038/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/windows-admin-center/understand/windows-admin-center

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/04/12/announcing-windows-admin-center-our-reimagined-management-experience/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/03/20/introducing-windows-server-2019-now-available-in-preview/

https://robbeekmans.net/euc/windows-server-2019-with-no-rdsh-and-windows-10-multi-user-and-even-rdmi-where-do-we-go/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/03/29/windows-server-semi-annual-channel-update/

https://insider.windows.com/en-us/for-business-getting-started-server/