Windows Server 2019






Overview of Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure services, enabling hybrid scenarios that maximize existing investments. Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system. Evolve your datacenter infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and scale with Hyper-converged Infrastructure. Enable developers and IT pros to create cloud native applications and modernize their traditional apps using containers and micro-services.

What’s new in Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 – which continues to see great momentum in customer adoption. Windows Server 2016 is the fastest adopted version of Windows Server, ever! We’ve been busy since its launch at Ignite 2016 drawing insights from your feedback and product telemetry to make this release even better.

We also spent a lot of time with customers to understand the future challenges and where the industry is going. Four themes were consistent – Hybrid, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-converged infrastructure. We bring numerous innovations on these four themes in Windows Server 2019.

 Unique hybrid capabilities with Azure Advanced multi-layer security Faster innovation for applications Unprecedented Hyper-Converged

Windows Server 2019 has the following new features:

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
Support for Kubernetes (Beta)
Other GUI new features from Windows 10 version 1809.
Storage Spaces Direct
Storage Migration Service
Storage Replica
System Insights
Improved Windows Defender

Windows Server 2019 editions

The right edition for your organization size, datacenter, and virtualization requirements.

 Editions Description Licensing model CAL requirements Pricing
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter For highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments Core based WS CAL $6,155
Windows Server 2019 Standard For physical or minimally virtualized environments Core based WS CAL $972
Windows Server 2019 Essentials For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices Specialty server No CAL required $501
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 Free hypervisor download. N/A N/A N/A


Datacenter and Standard edition per-core licensing

Windows Server 2019 Datacenter and Standard editions are licensed by physical core. Licenses are sold in 2-packs and 16-packs.

Minimum license requirements

  • All physical cores must be licensed
  • 8 core licenses per processor
  • 16 core licenses per server

Windows Server 2019 Product Key:

Datacenter Edition


Standard Edition



Q: When will Windows Server 2019 be generally available?

A: Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018.

Q: Is Windows Server 2019 a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release?

A: Windows Server 2019 will mark the next release in our Long-Term Servicing Channel. LTSC continues to be the recommended version of Windows Server for most of the infrastructure scenarios, including workloads like Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and Windows Server Software-defined solutions.

Q: What are the installation options available for Windows Server 2019?

A: As an LTSC release Windows Server 2019 provides the Server with Desktop Experience and Server Core installation options – in contrast to the Semi-Annual Channel that provides only the Server Core installation option and Nano Server as a container image. This will ensure application compatibility for existing workloads.

Q: Will there be a Semi-Annual Channel release at the same time as Windows Server 2019?

A: Yes. The Semi-Annual Channel release scheduled to go at the same time as Windows Server 2019 will bring container innovations and will follow the regular support lifecycle for Semi-Annual Channel releases – 18 months.

Q: Does Windows Server 2019 have the same licensing model as Windows Server 2016?

A: Yes. Check more information on how to license Windows Server 2016 today in the Windows Server Pricing page. It is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL). We will provide more details when available.