Microsoft Releases Preview of Windows Server 2019
Microsoft has just released a Preview version of its upcoming Windows Server 2019 operating system to members of the Windows Insider Program. The final version of Server 2019 is scheduled to release somewhere in the second half of the year and will be a direct successor to Windows Server 2016.
The upcoming operating system for servers will be supported for five years with another five years of extended support, as Windows Server 2019 will be an ‘ltsc’ release.
The 2019-version of the operating system has a number of new features that mainly focus on the use of the hybrid cloud and Microsoft’s Project Honolulu. This is a new web interface that should make it more user-friendly and accessible to set up a connection between Server 2019 and Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft has also put a heavy emphasis on added security, as it shielded virtual machines will now be available for virtual Linux machines as well and Advanced Threat Protection for Windows Defender is now fully integrated. The new version of Windows Server will also allow full integration with a Linux subsystem such as in Windows 10.
The company also states in their blog post that an updated version of System Center will also be on its way before the end of the year. For client access licensing, the price tag will likely increase, although Microsoft didn’t want to elaborate on those details just yet.