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Windows Server 2019

Get the most out of Windows Server

Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure, adding additional layers of security while helping you modernize your applications and infrastructure.

Windows Server 2019

Hybrid capabilities with Azure

Extend your datacenter to Azure to maximize your investments and gain new hybrid capabilities.

Windows Server 2019

Advanced multilayer security

Elevate your security posture by protecting the datacenter, starting with the operating system.

Windows Server 2019

Faster innovation for applications

Enable the creation of cloud-native apps, and modernize traditional apps using containers and microservices.

Windows Server 2019

Unprecedented hyperconverged infrastructure

Evolve your datacenter infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and security.


Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure services, enabling hybrid scenarios that maximize existing investments. Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system. Evolve your datacenter infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and scale with Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI). Enable developers and IT pros to create cloud native applications and modernize their traditional apps using containers and micro-services.

What is the Windows Server Core installation option in Windows Server?

The Server Core option is a minimal installation option that is available when you are deploying the Standard or Datacenter edition of Windows Server. Server Core includes most but not all server roles. Server Core has a smaller disk footprint, and therefore a smaller attack surface due to a smaller code base.

Server (Core) vs Server with Desktop Experience
When you install Windows Server, you install only the server roles that you choose – this helps reduce the overall footprint for Windows Server. However, the Server with Desktop Experience installation option still installs many services and other components that are often not needed for a particular usage scenario.

That’s where Server Core comes into play: the Server Core installation eliminates any services and other features that are not essential for the support of certain commonly used server roles. For example, a Hyper-V server doesn’t need a graphical user interface (GUI), because you can manage virtually all aspects of Hyper-V either from the command line using Windows PowerShell or remotely using the Hyper-V Manager.

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The Server Core difference – core capabilities without the frills

When you finish installing Server Core on a system and sign in for the first time, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. The main difference between the Server with Desktop Experience installation option and Server Core is that Server Core does not include the following GUI shell packages:

  • Microsoft-Windows-Server-Shell-Package
  • Microsoft-Windows-Server-Gui-Mgmt-Package
  • Microsoft-Windows-Server-Gui-RSAT-Package
  • Microsoft-Windows-Cortana-PAL-Desktop-Package
Application Server Core Server with Desktop Experience
Command prompt available available
Windows PowerShell/ Microsoft .NET available available
Perfmon.exe not available available
Windbg (GUI) supported supported
Resmon.exe not available available
Regedit available available
Fsutil.exe available available
Disksnapshot.exe not available available
Diskpart.exe available available
Diskmgmt.msc not available available
Devmgmt.msc not available available
Server Manager not available available
Mmc.exe not available available
Eventvwr not available available
Wevtutil (Event queries) available available
Services.msc not available available
Control Panel not available available
Windows Update (GUI) not available available
Windows Explorer not available available
Taskbar not available available
Taskbar notifications not available available
Taskmgr available available
Internet Explorer or Edge not available available
Built-in help system not available available
Windows 10 Shell not available available
Windows Media Player not available available
PowerShell available available
PowerShell ISE not available available
PowerShell IME available available
Mstsc.exe not available available
Remote Desktop Services available available
Hyper-V Manager not available available
WordPad* not available available

* To read .RTF files locally stored on a Server Core SKU, users can copy the file(s) to a different Windows computer where WordPad is present.

Windows Server Remote Desktop Services RDS CAL

Each user and device that connects to a Remote Desktop Session host needs a client access license (CAL). You use RD Licensing to install, issue, and track RDS CALs.

When a user or a device connects to an RD Session Host server, the RD Session Host server determines if an RDS CAL is needed. The RD Session Host server then requests an RDS CAL from the Remote Desktop license server. If an appropriate RDS CAL is available from a license server, the RDS CAL is issued to the client, and the client is able to connect to the RD Session Host server and from there to the desktop or apps they’re trying to use.

There is a licensing grace period of 180 Days during which no license server is required. Once the grace period ends, clients must have a valid RDS CAL issued by a license server before they can log on to an RD Session Host server.

Windows Server licensing

Pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 Edition

Ideal for

Licensing model

CAL requirements

Datacenter Highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments Core-based Windows Server CAL
Standard Physical or minimally virtualized environments Core-based Windows Server CAL
Essentials Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices Specialty servers (server license) No CAL required

Download the Windows Server 2019 licensing datasheet

Built to Last

Windows Server 2019 Feature Differentiation Edition

1. Windows Server 2019 Datacenter

2. Windows Server 2019 Standard

3. Windows Server 2019 Essentials

Windows Server 2019 Feature Differentiation


Standard edition

Data edition

Core Windows Server functionality

Hybrid integration

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

OSEs*/Hyper-V containers

Standard license includes two OSEs or VMs


Windows Server containers



Host Guardian Service

Storage Replica

Shielded virtual Machines (VMs)

Software-defined networking

Software-defined storage

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