Server 2019 | What’s New?

Now server 2019 is in the market. It has most advanced and bunch of new fetaures added in the bucket.

So lets discuss few important features in it

Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 and brings numerous innovations on four key areas:

  1. Hybrid Cloud
  2. Security
  3. Application Platform
  4. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

Just a note on HCI: Combine storage, compute, and networking into a single system. That means in a single device you will have storage,compute and networking features.

more details can be found in below link.

Let’s discuss features of server 2019:

Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, etc. It comes at no additional cost beyond Windows and is ready to use in production.

System Insights

System Insights is a new feature available in Windows Server 2019 that brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server.

These predictive capabilities, each backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyze Windows Server system data, such as performance counters and events, providing insight into the functioning of your servers.

Server Core app compatibility feature on demand

This optional feature on demand is available on a separate ISO and can be added to Windows Server Core installations and images only, using DISM.

Please explore the details here:

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

ATP’s deep platform sensors and response actions expose memory and kernel level attacks and respond by suppressing malicious files and terminating malicious processes.

For more information about Windows Defender ATP, see below link for details

For more information on onboarding servers, click below link.

Security with Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Security with SDN delivers many features to increase customer confidence in running workloads, either on-premises, or as a service provider in the cloud.
More details can be found in below URL

Shielded Virtual Machines improvements

Microsoft improves a lot on Shielded Virtual Machines capabilities.
explore more by clicking below link

Storage Migration Service

Storage Migration Service is a new technology that makes it easier to migrate servers to a newer version of Windows Server.

It provides a graphical tool that inventories data on servers, transfers the data and configuration to newer servers, and then optionally moves the identities of the old servers to the new servers so that apps and users don’t have to change anything

For more details please visit below URL

Storage Spaces Direct

Here’s a list of what’s new in Storage Spaces Direct

  1. Deduplication and compression for ReFS volumes
  2. Native support for persistent memory
  3. Nested resiliency for two-node hyper-converged infrastructure at the edge
  4. Two-server clusters using a USB flash drive as a witness
  5. Windows Admin Center support
  6. Performance history
  7. Scale up to 4 PB per cluster
  8. Mirror-accelerated parity is 2X faster
  9. Drive latency outlier detection
  10. Manually delimit the allocation of volumes to increase fault tolerance

Failover Clustering

Here’s a list of what’s new in Failover Clustering

  1. Cluster sets
  2. Azure-aware clusters
  3. Cross-domain cluster migration
  4. USB witness
  5. Cluster infrastructure improvements
  6. Cluster Aware Updating supports Storage Spaces Direct
  7. File share witness enhancements
  8. Cluster hardening
  9. Failover Cluster no longer uses NTLM authentication

Related to Application Platform below are few highlights:

  1. Linux containers on Windows
  2. Built-in Support for Kubernetes
  3. Container improvements
  4. Encrypted Networks
  5. Network performance improvements for virtual workloads
  6. Network performance improvements for virtual workloads
  7. New Deployment UI and Windows Admin Center extension for SDN
  8. Persistent Memory support for Hyper-V VMs

More details can be found here


I will explore each feature in my next blog posts. So please stay tuned and share the blog if you liked it !

Thanks for reading and happy learning !!!!

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