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Microsoft has temporarily removed all media for Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server version 1809. According to the software giant, a number of users were found to be missing files after updating. Microsoft is currently investigating isolated reports from these users and recommends that for now wait with installing already downloaded to media.

Windows Server 2019 is the on-premise successor for Server 2016 indefinitely and is supported by Microsoft with the standard 5+5 schedule: Five years of mainstream support and a further five years of extensive support. The first one expires on 10 October 2023, the last one ends on 10 October 2028. Today Microsoft stops distributing Windows Server 2019 to investigate a problem where files were deleted after the update. In a blog, the software giant vaguely tells us that there are problems related to the Windows 10 update problems.

Microsoft advises anyone who has downloaded the ISO file not to install it and wait for a solution.

Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)

Windows Server 2019 is similar to the so-called Long-term Servicing Channel version of Windows 10, which does not offer function upgrades and is only maintained with security updates. According to Microsoft, function changes are possible with Windows Server 2022. The launch is planned for the autumn of 2021.

Until then, users who want faster access to feature changes should use the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) version. Windows Server SAC delivers an upgrade twice a year, usually in April and October. The Spring SAC is only supported for 18 months, but the October SAC is maintained for 30 months with security and non-security updates.

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