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Just before Thanksgiving strikes in the US, Microsoft quietly launches a new Windows Server 2019 Preview build. It is the first Insider Preview for the next major update in the first half of 2019 (19H1).

Windows Server 2019 follows the same update cycle as Windows 10: twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. The first Insider Preview-builds of Windows 10 have been available under the code name Redstone 6 for some time now. Now also Windows Server 2019 will be discussed.

The blog of Microsoft that accompanies the new download is quite brief in its explanation. Symbols are now available on the public symbole server. Similar Windows Server container images will be available through Docker Hub.

Activation keys for preview releases are not yet available for Server Core operating systems of the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC). You may skip the action key during installation. Then you will enjoy a fully functional build to get started. Microsoft will provide future builds activation keys.


Windows Server 19H1 is the next release of SAC and is scheduled around spring 2019. If you are on a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), you will not be able to use the new preview version because Windows Server 2019 has only just been released.

If you want to get started with the latest Windows Server 2019 version, you can download it here. The ISO (Server Core Edition) version supports 18 languages. Those who prefer the VHDX format can only taste the English version. The preview expires on 14 December 2018.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.