Last week, Microsoft announced that Hyper-V server, one of the variants in the Windows 10 October 2018/1809 release is finally available, on the Microsoft Evaluation Center. This release comes after a delay of more than six months, since the re-release of Windows Server 1809/Server 2019 in early November. It has also been announced that Hyper-V Server 2019 will be available to Visual Studio Subscription customers, by 19th June 2019.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a free product, and includes all the great Hyper-V virtualization features like the Datacenter Edition. It is ideal to use when running on Linux Virtual Machines or VDI VMs.
Microsoft had originally released the Windows Server 10 in October 2018. However it had to pull both the client and server versions of 1809 down, for investigating the reports of users of users missing files, after updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update. Microsoft then re-released Windows Server 1809/Server 2019 in early November 2018, but without the Hyper-V Server 2019.
Early this year, Microsoft made Windows Server 2019 evaluation media available on the Evaluation Center, but the Hyper-V Server 2019 was still missing. Though no official statement was provided by the Microsoft officials, it is suspected that it may be due to errors with the working of Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Later in April, Microsoft officials stated that they found some issues with the media, and will release an update soon.
Now that the Hyper-V Server 2019 is finally going to be available, it can put all users of Windows Server 2019 at ease.
Users who had managed to download the original release of Hyper-V Server 2019 while it was available, are advised to delete it and install the new version, when it will be made available on 19th June 2019.
Users are happy with this news, but are still wondering what took Microsoft so long to come up with the Hyper-V Server 2019.
Ah finally… what took them so long? Anything special opposed to the full version?
— Steven Provo (@ProvoSteven) June 15, 2019
People are also skeptical about the product quality.
A user on Reddit states that “I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! Honestly, after nearly 9 months of MS being unable to release this, and two months after they said the only thing holding it back were “problems with the media”, I’m not sure I would trust this edition. They have yet to fully explain what it is that held it back all these months after every other Server 2019 edition was in production.”