Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2019 is now generally available, and it has updated the Windows Admin Centre to support Windows Server 2019 and Azure hybrid scenarios.
Erin Chapple, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Windows Server says in his recent blog post that, “Windows Server 2019 is designed and engineered to help modernize your datacentre”.
The new features in Windows Server 2019 include Hybrid features to make it easier to connect to Azure services, security enhancements and advances to the application platform for developers. To find out more about the new features read the blog here.
Windows Server 2019 is now available for download via the VLSC or you can download an evaluation copy from the Evaluation Center. There is also a Windows Server 2019 datasheet that details the licensing options, which remains the same as Windows Server 2016: servers are licensed per core with a minimum of 16 cores per server / 8 cores per processor, User or Device CALs are required and there is a 10% price increase.
Note: If you have Windows Server with active SA licensed with the previous per processor model, you will need to calculate the right number of cores for the new license model with the SA renewal. The standard transition is for a 2-processor license to become a 16-core license. However, if your servers have more than 16 cores (8 cores per processor) then you can apply for a license grant for the additional cores. However, you must keep date stamped evidence of the server being in place at the time of the SA renewal to satisfy any compliance review.
If you would like to discuss upgrading and licensing options for Windows Server 2019 please get in touch.