What happened to Hyper-V Server and other Windows Server 2022 issues

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Today, September 1 is the day Microsoft announces that Windows Server 2022 is generally available. And yes, Windows Server 2022 started rolling out a few weeks ago despite today’s statement.

Windows Server 2022 is the latest version of the local version of Windows Server. Microsoft has designated it as a version of the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), which means it will be supported for 10 years. And it includes a number of new security, management, and containerization features.

So why did Microsoft wait until today to make the AGM announcement for the product? Azure CEO Arpan Shah told me that Microsoft has waited until today to make sure it is fully available across all distribution channels.

I also asked Shah why Microsoft uses October 13/14 as the end of support date for the product, even though the support countdown began on August 18. His answer :

“Windows Server follows Microsoft’s fixed policy support lifecycle. The expiration dates for fixed policy products are rounded to expire on the second Tuesday (Patch Tuesday) after the end of the quarter, so that fixed policy products only expire four times per year. This policy is in effect. place to create predictability for customers and to ease the management burden of tracking product expiration dates. In the event that Microsoft releases a security update on the same day that a product is scheduled to end its lifecycle, support for that latest security update will continue for a minimum of 30 days. ”

Now that Microsoft has decided to phase out semi-annual versions of Windows Server, I was curious whether the company intends to continue the Insider program for Windows Server. Shah said the plan is to maintain the server test schedule. (Who knows … maybe we’ll start to see more public information about what’s in the test builds that are released. A girl can dream.)

Regarding the SKUs for Windows Server 2022, Microsoft announced that there will be Standard, Datacenter and Datacenter: Azure Edition editions of the product. I hadn’t seen any official recognition of another SKU, the Windows Server Essentials SKU. But starting today, Microsoft is updating its pricing page to include this version, which will only be available through OEMs.

Shah said:

Like Windows Server 2019, the Essentials Edition is a specialty server license for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. In Windows Server 2022, it has the same technical capabilities as Windows Server Standard but is limited to 10 cores and 1 VM / Physical Instance. Currently, it will be available through our OEM partners. ”

One of the most important (and difficult to get) questions among readers regarding Server 2022 was whether Microsoft was also considering offering a standalone Hyper-V Server 2022 product as part of this release. Hyper-V Server 2019 is a free product, without a GUI, optimized for running virtual machines.

I found the answer buried in the Microsoft Tech Community Forums. Spoiler alert: it’s a Microsoft no.

Elden Christensen, senior PM Manager in the Core OS group working on Windows Server, answered some rather controversial queries on this one:

“Azure Stack HCI is our strategic direction as a hypervisor platform (for HCI and beyond), and that we have extended the free trial to 60 days for testing and evaluation purposes, and that we recommend using Azure Stack HCI. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 is the latest version of this product and will continue to be supported as part of its lifecycle policy until January 2029. This will give customers many years to plan and move to Azure HCI stack.

If Azure Stack HCI doesn’t meet your needs, I’d love to hear your feedback on how we can improve it. “

Microsoft officials said they plan to continue releasing new versions of Windows Server on-premises every two to three years for the foreseeable future.

Update: Windows Server IoT 2022 is also generally available today. (Did I know Server IoT was a thing? Maybe?)


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