Windows Server 2019: Support for Office 365 ProPlus, OneDrive Files On-Demand and FSLogix

[German]Microsoft has just announced it will officially support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019. In addition, FSLogix is now available to all authorized users and OneDrive Files On-Demand is also coming to this platform.


The information reached me in a somewhat cryptic way via this tweet from blog reader Karl.

Karl struggles with the slow update installations under Windows Server 2016 and various bugs. He gives the tip, that if you don't depend on Citrix LTS and have the necessary Software Assurance (SA) for the license change, you can simply install from a Windows Server 2016 the newer Windows Server 2019 (from an ISO-DVD) via the command

Setup /auto upgrade /dynamicupdate enable /priority high

But the more interesting part was the blog post by Marco Hofmann, who responded to this announcement by Scott Manchester (Group Manager, WVD and RDS,) of Microsoft.


That's news

Within the article Improving the Office app experience in virtual environments Microsoft introduces a few new details what they are planning for Windows Server 2019.

  • FSLogix technology, which improves the performance of Office 365 ProPlus in multi-user virtual environments, is now available to Microsoft 365 customers at no additional cost.
  • will receive support for OneDrive Files On-Demand in the coming months. 
  • Office 365 ProPlus is officially supported on Windows Server 2019.
  • And Microsoft developers have added new features to Outlook, OneDrive and Microsoft teams in Office 365 ProPlus to improve usability in a virtualized environment.

These are some of the new features in the Windows Server 2019 environment.

FSLogix technology

FSLogix container technology improves the speed and reliability of virtualized office applications. Users feel like they are running Office applications on a dedicated computer. Microsoft bought the vendor last year. Now the FSLogix container technology is fully integrated into office applications in virtual environments.

The FSLogix containers work in virtualized environments, including those provided by Microsoft, Citrix and VMWare. This technology is now included at no additional cost to customers licensed to one of the following Microsoft solutions:

Microsoft 365 E3/E5/A3/A3/A5/Student Use Benefits/F1/Business
Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 for Enterprise
Windows 10 Training A3/A5
Windows 10 VDA per user
Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) and Subscriber Access License (SAL)

OneDrive Files On-Demand for Windows Server 2019

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, users can access all of their files in OneDrive while downloading only the files they use to save disk space on their devices. The feature has been available for some time on Windows 10.

In the coming months, Windows Server 2019 will support OneDrive Files On-Demand for users of virtualized office applications. This support combines fast access to files with reduced storage requirements.

Office 365 ProPlus supported on Windows Server 2019

Office 365 ProPlus typically runs on Windows 10. But in enterprises, virtual desktop services are provided to users on Windows servers. For those who still need to migrate from Windows Server 2008/R2 (end of support in January 2020) or want to migrate from Windows Server 2012/R2 before the end of support, there is an innovation. Microsoft wants to support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019. This will allow you to take advantage of Files On-Demand for Windows Server 2019 features on the Windows Server platform. See this article for more details.

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