Wow things really do move quickly in the wonderful world of Microsoft Servers., no sooner have we managed to digest the Semi Annual Chanel (SAC 1709) changes Microsoft go and announce the availability of the ALL NEW Windows Server 2019 In Preview.
Erin Chapple the Director of Programme Managed wrote a blog article announcing the release. But what does this mean for the IT Pro and why have got so many editions, versions and changes.
Well. The Windows Server world has just caught up with what the Windows Client world has been doing for a couple of years.
There will be Windows Server (SAC) releases twice a year. identified by their date of release i.e the first SAC was 1709 (for September 2017). The Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will be released every two to three years, this follows the previous Server release cycle of 2003 then R2, 2008 then R2, 2012 then R2. There will be no more R2 releases, and there will be two different focuses for the two different channels.
Listen very carefully I shall say this only once!
The LTSC will be available in all editions and deployment models (Core, GIU, Nano) Standard, Datacenter, Essentials etc.
The SAC will be only a core release and only in Standard and Datacenter. The focus of SAC is Container hosts and container technology as described by Erin in her article
The smaller Microsoft make the core image and the nano image the more effective they are as container images and container hosts.
Some of the other headline news
Honolulu will be included in the LTSC build as will Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. Helping to create an even more secure platform fit to repel the modern threats we all face.