Windows Server 2019 Evaluation and Security Baseline Draft

Microsoft has released Windows Server 2019 evaluation to the general public. There is also a draft Security Baseline for Windows 10 V1809 and Windows Server 2019.


Windows Server 2019 Evaluation

The download links for the 180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2019 on the Microsoft servers were already discovered on Sunday. Tero Alhonen has announced this via Twitter.

Within the discussions about this tweet, WZOR also provided hints for further download links for the various Windows Server 2019 variants (e.g. Essentials). And Adguard points out in a tweet that the download for the Windows Server 2019 Eval has been added to the download.

Security baseline (DRAFT) Windows 10 V1809/Server 2019

Microsoft also released the Security baseline (DRAFT) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019 – I was made aware of this topic via the following tweet.


It is a draft with basic security configuration settings for Windows 10 version 1809 (alias, Redstone 5, or RS5) and Windows Server 2019. The downloadable appendix to the Microsoft blog post above includes importable Group Policy (GPO) files, a PowerShell script for applying GPOs to local policies, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, tabular documentation, and a Policy Analyzer file (MSFT-Win10-v1809-RS5-WS2019-DRAFT.PolicyRules). Note, however, that this is only a draft for testing. More info can be found in Microsoft’s blog post.


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