Windows Server 2019 released

[German]Microsoft has re-released today (Tuesday, November 13, 2018) Windows Server 2019 (and Windows Server 2018 V1809). Here are a few details about that topic.


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Windows Server 2019 has been released on October 2, 2019, but Microsoft has pulled that, after users of Windows 10 lost some user files. It resulted in a situation, that Microsoft Exchange 2019 has been released, but the platform for this software, Windows Server 2019, wasn’t available (see my blog post Exchange 2019 released, but no Windows Server 2019 available to deploy).

The next attempt – with some ‘failures’

It was expected, that Microsoft will re-release Windows Server 2019 on November 13, 2019. But they can’t even handle that in Redmond. This afternoon (here in Germany) I saw Tero Alhonen’s message on Twitter:

But the article was gone a short time later – I got an error page visiting Microsoft’s blogs – obviously the article has been released too early and was ‘pulled’.

Windows Server 2019 is not there

Now the release is official

A couple of hours late, Microsoft has re-released it’s Technet blog post. And they released another blog post (dated November 13, 2018), addressing the general availability of Windows Server 2019 (the LTSC branch) and Windows Server, version 1809:


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On October 2, 2018, we announced the availability of Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. Later that week, we paused the rollout of these new releases to investigate isolated reports of users missing files after updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update. We take any case of data loss seriously, so we proactively removed all related media from our channels as we started investigation of the reports and have now fixed all known related issues.

In addition to extensive internal validation, we have taken time to closely monitor feedback and diagnostic data from our Windows Insiders and from millions of devices on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. There is no further evidence of data loss. Based on this data, today we are beginning the re-release of Windows Server 2019, Windows Server, version 1809, and the related versions of Windows 10.

Customers with a valid license of Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809 can download the media from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Azure customers will see the Windows Server 2019 image available in the Azure Marketplace over the coming week. We are also working to make the Windows Server 2019 evaluation available on the Microsoft Eval Center. We will provide an update to this blog and our social channels once it’s available.

November 13, 2018 marks the revised start of the servicing timeline for both the Long-Term Servicing Channel and the Semi-Annual Channel. For more information please visit the Support Lifecycle page.

Within the Technet blog post Microsoft has published the commands to pull Windows base images for docker.

docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/windows/servercore:1809
docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/windows/nanoserver:1809
docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/windows:1809

So testing and evaluation of Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server v1809 may begin.


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