Microsoft’s Windows Server 2022 rolled out to consumer users


With little public fanfare, Microsoft began making its next version of Windows Server, known as Windows Server 2022, available to mainstream users. Windows Server 2022, which Microsoft has been developing for over a year, is a release of the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) and includes several new features.

Windows Server 2022 is available in Standard, Datacenter, and Datacenter variants: Azure Edition. To date, it is available to customers on the Volume Licensing Service Center. (Thanks to @teroalhonen for the warning.) Images of Server 2022 are also available in Azure and are available on the Product Assessment Center and the Visual Studio site. (Thanks to @sbisson for this bit.)

Microsoft has quietly updated its Lifecycle documentation page for Windows Server 2022 on August 18, indicating that the product support cycle started on that date. General product support will end on October 13, 2026, and extended support on October 14, 2031. (Again, thanks to @teroalhonen for the link.)

Microsoft officials have said that in the future the company will only release LTSC versions of Windows Server and no more Semi-Annual Channel versions. These LTSC server versions will have ten years of support, including five mainstream and five extended. Microsoft plans to release new versions of Windows Server every two to three years, officials said.

Earlier this year, officials released a list of some of the new features that would be part of Windows Server 2022. According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2022 users will be able to:

  • Apply advanced multi-layered threat protection easily enabled with a secure server.
  • Secure connectivity to critical assets with an additional layer of security during transport, including support for HTTPS and TLS 1.3 enabled by default.
  • Manage and govern Windows Server on-premises with Azure Arc
  • Get better management of virtual machines with the latest Windows Admin Center.
  • Migrate on-premises file servers to Azure with a new scenario supported in Storage Migration Service.
  • Improve container application deployment with smaller image size for faster download and simplified network policy implementation.
  • Update .NET applications with the new containerization tool in Windows Admin Center.

Microsoft has scheduled a Windows Server Summit virtual event for September 16, where officials said they would provide the first in-depth public demonstration of the product.

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