Microsoft releases Windows Server 2019 and SDK Preview build 17692

Microsoft today released new builds of Windows Server 2019 and the Windows 10 SDK, bringing the build number to parallel the current client build in the Fast ring, which is build 17692. It seems like Tuesday is the day for such things, with new Fast rings builds arriving on Wednesday or Thursday.

The company only formally announced the new Windows Server build, so there aren't any release notes for the SDK. Here's what's new in Windows Server 2019 build 17692:

Microsoft Hyper-V 2019 Preview

This is the first Insider Preview of Microsoft Hyper-V 2019. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone product that contains only the Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model, and virtualization components. It provides a simple and reliable virtualization solution to help you improve your server utilization and reduce costs.

The Windows hypervisor technology in Microsoft Hyper-V Server is the same as what’s in the Hyper-V role on Windows Server. So, much of the content available for the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2016 also applies to Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

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 deployments and helping you reduce the operational expenses associated with monitoring your Windows Server instances.

Because each of these capabilities runs locally, all your data is collected, persisted, and analyzed directly on your Windows Server instance, allowing you to use predictive analytics capabilities without any cloud connectivity. In Windows Server 2019, System Insights introduces a set of capabilities focused on capacity forecasting, predicting future usage for compute, networking, and storage.

You can manage System Insights through an intuitive Windows Admin Center extension or directly through PowerShell, and System Insights allows you to manage each capability individually. This includes configuring custom schedules to run each capability and adding remediation scripts to automatically address any issue detected by a capability.

There's also some new content in the additional downloads section:

Windows Admin Center Preview 1806

For full details, see the Windows Admin Center Preview 1806 Announcement.

Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand

This new Feature on Demand (FoD) significantly improves the app compatibility of Windows Server Core by including a set of binaries and packages from Windows Server with Desktop, without adding any of the Windows Server Desktop GUI or Windows 10 GUI experiences. The FoD package is available on a separate ISO and installs on Windows Server Core only.

Available operating system components with this build:

  • Performance Monitor (PerfMon.exe)
  • Resource Monitor (Resmon.exe)
  • Device Manager (Devmgmt.msc)
  • Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe)
  • Windows PowerShell (Powershell_ISE.exe)
  • Failover Cluster Manager (CluAdmin.msc)
  • Process Monitor (Procmon.exe) and other Sysinternals

These components come with support for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) versions 16 and 17, which must be installed separately from SQL Server via command line.

Event Viewer is currently blocked (see Known Issues)

To install Failover Cluster Manager, launch PowerShell, and then enter the following command:

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Failover-Clustering -IncludeManagementTools

To run Failover Cluster Manager, enter cluadmin at a regular command prompt.

You may download procmon from Process Monitor v3.50. For more information about Sysinternals, see Windows Sysinternals.

Please try out this FoD and verify that current applications and tools run on the preview release as expected.

Important: Also, please try any server app (MS or otherwise) that you would like to use on Server Core but currently cannot. Let us know of any successes or failures.

The following installation procedure uses Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe), a command-line tool. For more information about DISM commands, see DISM Capabilities Package Servicing Command-Line Options.

Note that the link for Windows Admin Center Preview 1806 doesn't actually work at this time, so this seems like something that will be announced later on today.

To download Windows Server build 17692, Windows Admin Center Preview 1806, or Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview build 17692, you can find them here. For the new SDK Insider Preview, you can find that here.

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