Windows Server 2019

Tip: Adding Support for 802.1x Through the Hyper-V vSwitch in Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019

Starting with Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019, Microsoft added the ability to provide support for 802.1x through the Hyper-V vSwitch. To enable it, a registry modification is required. Run the following with elevated credentials: reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTControlSet\vmsmp\parameters” /v 8021xEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f shutdown /r /t 0 This makes the necessary registry modification and then restarts the computer.

First-ever Separate .NET Patches Now Available for Windows 10 1809

Microsoft recently communicated that the .NET patches would now be separate from the operating system starting with Windows 10 1809. After a preview version of the updates was made available on December 5, the first set of official patches are now available. See: December 11, 2018—KB4470502 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.7.2 for Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 Microsoft says there are no known issues with this update, however, anyone that has been working to patch systems for any length of time knows that .NET updates can bring some of the bigger pains. So, test, test, test before deploying globally.  

Microsoft Delivers Final Version of the Security Baseline for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft has now finalized the security baseline for Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019. The baseline is available in a downloadable .zip format. Included in the download are GPOs, a PowerShell script for applying the GPOs to local policy, custom ADMX files for Group Policy settings, and a documentation spreadsheet. Download: Windows-10-1809-Security-Baseline-FINAL Details: Microsoft Security Guidance blog  

Microsoft Skips RTM for Windows Server 2019, Unleashes it Publicly Anyway

With the growing number of reports of Windows 10 1809 problems, maybe this isn’t the greatest idea. Microsoft has now announced that Windows Server 2019 is generally available. If you are a Windows Server customer with valid Software Assurance, you can download Windows Server 2019 on the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). You can also download the evaluation version of Windows Server 2019 at the Evaluation Center. For customers running Windows Server on Azure, Windows Server 2019 is also available in the Azure Marketplace. Later in October, we’ll be adding Windows Server 2019 to Visual Studio Subscription (former MSDN) and other portals, such as the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). In a separate post, Cosmos Darwin, a senior program manager on Microsoft’s Core OS team, tal...

Microsoft Will Deliver at Least One More Windows Server Essentials Edition

Citing collaboration with MVPs and other customers, Microsoft has announced that it will deliver a new Essentials version of Windows Server. However, Windows Server 2019 Essentials could possibly be the very last time the company will offer this edition – again. …we recently collaborated with the MVP community and other influencers to listen and get a deeper understanding of the transition that our small business customers are going through. While our small business customers are embracing cloud services where they can, on-premises servers are still valuable and desired in the short term for reasons such as price and ability to run traditional applications that may not yet have corresponding cloud-based functionality. Windows Server 2019 Essentials will retain the value for sma...

Microsoft Hosting the Windows Server Summit on June 26, 2018

To help celebrate 25 years of Windows Server and the launch of Windows Server 2019 later this year, Microsoft is hosting a Windows Server Summit virtual event. The virtual event is a half-day gathering, bringing information, presentations, and Q&A covering Microsoft’s hybrid server approach. Go here to read more and “save the date”: Windows Server Summit     Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Rolls Out a Preview of Windows Server 2019 for Insiders

If you’ve not signed  up already for the Window Server Insiders program, you should take some time to do so as Microsoft is now delivering a major preview for its next version of Windows Server. Sign up: Windows Server Insider Previews Windows Server 2019 promises easier connectivity with Azure (backups, disaster recovery, etc.), enhanced security techniques (Advanced Threat Protection, Defender ATP Exploit Guard), and container technologies among other things. Read the full list of promised improvements: Announcing Windows Server vNext LTSC Build 17623 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!