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Microsoft Windows Server versions.

Hello All,

 

In the early day's life was so simple. We only had a few different versions of Windows Server. But yesterday i was suppriesed to see another version of Windows Server. I was able to download "Windows Server version 1909", next to Windows server 2019 Oktober release. Does anyone know what this version is? I have installed it and it presents a core server but i can't find any information of why you would use this version. 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Ruud

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This is the semi-annual channel version which is only available as Core installation option. 

Primary use case would be for container-hosting, IIS, Hyper-V.

Semi-Annual includes the most recent features, support lifecycle is shorter then the 10 years support for WS2019. So in fact like a normal Windows 10 version, WS2019 is in fact the equivalent to Windows 10 LTSC.

Windows Server 2019 is similar to the Windows Server 1809 Semi-Annual , first Semi-Annual version was afaik 1709, based on Server 2016 at this time.

 

See also https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/servicing-channels-19 

Whats new in 1903 - to compare it with WS2019 (For 1909 this has not been published yet): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/whats-new-in-windows-server-1903 

Kind regards,
Janosch

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This is the semi-annual channel version which is only available as Core installation option. 

Primary use case would be for container-hosting, IIS, Hyper-V.

Semi-Annual includes the most recent features, support lifecycle is shorter then the 10 years support for WS2019. So in fact like a normal Windows 10 version, WS2019 is in fact the equivalent to Windows 10 LTSC.

Windows Server 2019 is similar to the Windows Server 1809 Semi-Annual , first Semi-Annual version was afaik 1709, based on Server 2016 at this time.

 

See also https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/servicing-channels-19 

Whats new in 1903 - to compare it with WS2019 (For 1909 this has not been published yet): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/whats-new-in-windows-server-1903 

Kind regards,
Janosch

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So if I understand this correctly, Microsoft N-1 model means that we no longer have access to the long term release branch?

 

I am incredulous that Microsoft would do something to harm it's partners ability to do their work.  Then again, Microsoft tried to pull Internal Usage Rights in July, and only backtracked after an outright partner mutiny, so maybe I shouldn't be so incredulous.

Microsoft

@iloving : Where did you read that you have no longer access to the LTSC version? 

Partner always have access to the lated LTSC and the supported Semi-Annual versions, LTSC was not removed.

 

N-1 "rules" do not really apply with regards to Semi-Annual - see the first post where the other user confirmed 1909 and Windows Server 2019 was available - and WS2019 is similar to version 1809, so in fact a N-2 version.

Kind regards,
Janosch