So, we are getting a 2019 version, then! Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows Server 2019, alongside making the first preview of this server variant of its OS available for download.
As announced, Windows Server 2019 is seeing innovating centered around four themes — namely hybrid, security, application platform and hyper-converged infrastructure. All are areas where the software titan has made massive strides lately.
On the hybrid cloud side, customers will be able to manage their Windows Server deployments using Project Honolulu. They will get the ability to easily integrate Azure services like Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, disaster recovery and more.
Basically, users are getting the option of leveraging these Azure services without disrupting their applications and infrastructures.
For security, Redmond is taking a three-fold approach of protect, detect, and respond.
The shielded virtual machines feature is being improved upon in Windows Server 2019 and will now support Linux. Microsoft is also extending VMConnect to support troubleshooting Linux.
But the biggest news here is Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection that not only provides preventive protection, but also lets customers see where things are going wrong, along with offering suggestions on ways to fix them.
On the application front, we have the integration of the Windows Subsystem for Linux, along with support for Kubernetes containers, which is in beta.
And lastly, the company will also bring support for Windows Server 2019 to System Center 2019.
Those of you that want to give this new version of the server OS a try can download build 17623, which is the first preview build that Microsoft has released. It comes with most of the abovementioned features, like Windows Defender ATP and Shielded Linux VMs.
The Windows Server vNext Insider Preview build 17623 is available here.
Microsoft says Windows Server 2019 will be made available in the second half of the year, and there’s every chance that we will see a launch at the Ignite 2018 conference that is set to take place in Orlando this year.