Windows Server 2019 has reached the general availability stage of it’s development at the beginning of this month. Customers can now download Windows Server 2019 but might want to hold off. Currently, updates for the Windows Server 2019 GA release has been paused amid reported issues of users losing their files after upgrading. We are going to be monitoring for developments and will keep you notified as we learn more but it’s very clear that Windows Server 2019 is not yet ready for production use.
According to an update by the Microsoft Windows Server Team, “We have temporarily removed all media for Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809. We have also paused the rollout of the latest feature update to Windows 10 inclusive of versions 1809, as we are investigating isolated reports of users missing some files after updating. If you have already downloaded media, please don’t install it and wait until more information is available to proceed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will provide an update when refreshed media is available. For reference, we also have a support article with additional information.”
You should, however, be planning for your next upgrade with this in mind especially if you have older Windows Server versions in operation like 2008R2 or 2012R2 (Windows Server 2016 is the latest, stable version). Here is a link to the full article by Microsoft: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/10/02/windows-server-2019-now-generally-available/
New Features of Windows Server 2019
Windows Subsystem for Linux
GUI features from Windows 10 version 1809
Storage Spaces Direct
Hyper-V 2019 Preview