Windows Server 2019 Standard Activation Key:
Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure services enabling hybrid scenarios maximizing 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.
The Microsoft Windows Server 2019 also enables you to create cloud native and modernize traditional apps using containers and Microservices. For more details, check out the Windows Server Website.
Ways to try Windows Server 2019:
In addition to downloading the Windows Server 2019 ISO, you can also try the new features through the following ways:
- Try it in Azure: Azure provides a great way to test Windows Server 2019 with pre-built images.
- Microsoft Hands-on Labs: Skip the setup work and log into our free Hands-on Labs for a real-world environment along with step-by-step guidance to help you try the new features.
Choose an Edition and an Installation Option:
Customers who download the full ISO will need to choose an edition and an installation option. This ISO evaluation is for the Datacenter and Standard editions. The Datacenter edition is the most complete edition and includes the new Datacenter-specific features like –
- Shielded Virtual Machines,
- Storage Spaces Direct,
- Software-Defined Networking in addition to unlimited server virtualization.
Server Core: This is the recommended installation option –
- It’s a smaller installation that includes the core components of Windows Server.
- Supports all server roles, but does not include a local graphical user interface (GUI).
- It is used for “headless” deployments which are managed remotely through Windows Admin Center, PowerShell, or other server management tools.
Server with Desktop Experience: This is the complete installation and includes a full GUI for customers who prefer this option.
Before you begin your evaluation, be sure to check out What’s new in Windows Server 2019.
When you complete your evaluation, you can convert your evaluation versions to retail.
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What’s new in Windows Server 2019:
This topic describes some of the new features in Windows Server 2019. Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 and brings numerous innovations on four key themes: Hybrid Cloud, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).
To find out what’s new in Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel releases, see What’s New in Windows Server.
- Windows Admin Center –
- Desktop Experience
- System Insights –
- Hybrid Cloud –
- Security –
- Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard –
- Security with Software Defined Networking (SDN) –
Shielded Virtual Machines Improvements:
- Branch office improvements
- Troubleshooting improvements
- Linux support
HTTP/2 for a Faster and Safer Web:
- Improved coalescing of connections to deliver an uninterrupted and properly encrypted browsing experience.
- Upgraded HTTP/2’s server-side cipher suite negotiation for automatic mitigation of connection failures and ease of deployment.
- Changed our default TCP congestion provider to Cubic to give you more throughput!
Here are some of the changes we’ve made to storage in Windows Server 2019. For details, see What’s new in Storage.
- Migration Service of Storage –
- Spaces Direct of Storage –
- Replica of Storage –
Here’s a list of what’s new in Failover Clustering. For details, see What’s new in Failover Clustering.
- Cluster sets
- Azure-aware clusters
- Cross-domain cluster migration
- USB witness
- Cluster infrastructure improvements
- Cluster Aware Updating supports Storage Spaces Direct
- File share witness enhancements
- Cluster hardening
- Failover Cluster no longer uses NTLM authentication
- Linux containers on Windows –
- Built-in Support for Kubernetes –
- Container improvements –
- Encrypted Networks –
- Network performance improvements for virtual workloads –
- Low Extra Delay Background Transport –
Windows Time Service (Windows Server 2019 Standard):
The Windows Time Service includes true UTC-compliant leap second support, a new time protocol called Precision Time Protocol, and end-to-end traceability.
- High Performance SDN Gateways –
- New Deployment UI and Windows Admin Center extension for SDN –
- Persistent Memory support for Hyper-V VMs –