Compare features in Windows Server versions

View the new hybrid, security, infrastructure, and application platform features of Windows Server 2019 as compared to previous versions.

Unique hybrid capabilities with Azure

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

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  • Not supported Not supported   
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  • Fully supported Fully supported   

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Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Storage Migration Service helps to inventory and migrate data, security, and configurations from legacy systems to Windows Server 2019 and/or Azure.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Synchronizing file servers to Azure helps centralize your organization's file shares in Azure Files while keeping the flexibility, performance, and compatibility of an on-premises file server.

 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2008 R2 Included in Windows Server 2008 R2 Included in Windows Server 2016 Included in Windows Server 2019

System Insights brings local predictive analytics capabilities native to Windows Server. These predictive capabilities, each backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyze Windows Server system data to provide high-accuracy predictions that help reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing Windows Server instances.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016 Included in Windows Server 2019

Azure network adaptor easily connects to Azure virtual networks. Windows Admin Center performs the heavy lifting of configuring the VPN to a new network adapter that will connect Windows Server 2019 to a point-to-site Azure virtual network VPN.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Enhanced Azure AD authentication Windows Server 2019 can join Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), enabling new scenarios in which the computer account can be used for authentication in the cloud.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

VM protection replicates workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Storage Migration Service helps to inventory and migrate data, security, and configurations from legacy systems to Windows Server 2019 and/or Azure.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Synchronizing file servers to Azure helps centralize your organization's file shares in Azure Files while keeping the flexibility, performance, and compatibility of an on-premises file server.

Windows Server 2008 R2

 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

 Included in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2016

 Included in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

 Included in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

System Insights brings local predictive analytics capabilities native to Windows Server. These predictive capabilities, each backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyze Windows Server system data to provide high-accuracy predictions that help reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing Windows Server instances.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

 Included in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Azure network adaptor easily connects to Azure virtual networks. Windows Admin Center performs the heavy lifting of configuring the VPN to a new network adapter that will connect Windows Server 2019 to a point-to-site Azure virtual network VPN.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Enhanced Azure AD authentication Windows Server 2019 can join Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), enabling new scenarios in which the computer account can be used for authentication in the cloud.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

VM protection replicates workloads running on physical and virtual machines (VMs) from a primary site to a secondary location.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

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Windows Server 2019

Unprecedented Hyper-converged Infrastructure

Evolve your datacenter infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and security.

Level of support key
  • Not supported Not supported   
  • Partially supported Partially supported   
  • Fully supported Fully supported   

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Unified management in Windows Admin Center is an elegant browser-based HCI remote management interface that includes software-defined network configuration and monitoring.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Storage Spaces protect your data from drive failures and extend storage over time as you add drives to your servers.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Enhanced Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) build software-defined storage using industry standard servers with local storage that can scale up to 1PB per storage pool in Windows Server 2016 and 4PB per storage pool and 64TB per volume in Windows Server 2019.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Mirror-accelerated parity lets you create volumes that are part mirror and part parity for 2x better performance on storage spaces direct deployments. Writes land first in the mirrored portion and are gradually moved into the parity portion.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Nested Mirror Accelerated parity enables two-node clusters at the edge to survive multiple simultaneous failures.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Storage class memory support for new generation of server hardware including storage class memory, which drastically improves performance for server applications.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

USB thumb drive (as cluster witness) support for USB thumb drive as cluster witness allows true 2 node HCI deployments, with no additional dependencies.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Storage Replica provides storage-agnostic, block-level, and asynchronous and synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery and allows stretching of a failover cluster for high availability.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Storage Quality of Service (QoS) uses policies to define and monitor storage input/output minimums and maximums for VMs to enable consistent performance across VMs.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Data deduplication provides volume savings of up to 90% by storing duplicate files on a volume once using logical pointers. Windows Server 2019 add support for deduplication with ReFS volumes.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Deduplication for ReFS supported on ReFS to optimize free space on a volume by examining the data for duplicated portions.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Virtual machine storage resiliency provides intelligent means to retain VM session states to minimize the impact of minor storage disruptions.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Cloud Witness enables Azure blob storage as a witness in a quorum for a stretched cluster. Additionally, in Windows Server 2019 you can now create a file share witness that does not utilize the Cluster Name Object (CNO), but simply uses a local user account on the server the FSW is connected to.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Storage health monitoring provides continuous monitoring, reporting, and maintenance to support storage spaces directly.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Cluster-wide monitoring monitors memory and CPU usage, storage capacity, IOPS, throughput, and latency in real time with clear alerts when something's not right.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Cluster sets allows you to create large scale-out clusters with greater flexibility (deploying and retiring clusters) without sacrificing resiliency.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Cluster OS rolling upgrade enables an administrator to seamlessly upgrade the operating system of nodes in a failover cluster from Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Mixed OS mode cluster enables Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster nodes to operate with Windows Server 2016 nodes.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Site-aware failover clusters groups nodes in stretched clusters based on physical location, enhancing key cluster-lifecycle operations such as failover, placement policies, heart-beating between nodes, and quorum behavior.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Kernel soft reboot provides WSSD-validated hardware faster reboot time, reducing application downtime.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Persistent memory support for persistent memory (PM) technology provides byte-level access to non-volatile media while also reducing the latency of storing or retrieving data significantly.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Linux and FreeBSD workloads enables most of the Windows Server software-defined datacenter features for Linux and FreeBSD guests running on Hyper-V for increased functionality, performance, and manageability.

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Hot add and remove for disk, memory, and network allows you to add or remove a network adapter and adjust the amount of memory assigned while the VM is running, without any interruption. The memory adjustment capability works even when you have dynamic memory turned on for a Hyper-V host.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Network controller provides a centralized, programmable point of automation to manage, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot virtualized network infrastructure in your datacenter.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Virtual networking helps create network overlays on top of a shared multi-tenant physical fabric.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Software load balancer (SLB) a cloud-optimized Layer 3 and Layer 4 load balancer that provides both North-South and East-West load balancing.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Virtual network peering provides high speed connectivity between two virtual networks. Traffic between the virtual networks goes through the underlying fabric network with no gateway. Both virtual networks must be part of the same datacenter stamp.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Distributed firewall and micro-segmentation dynamically segment networks based on evolving security or application needs using a stateful firewall and network security groups.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Hybrid SDN gateways multi-tenanted, highly available gateways that connect customer virtual networks to Azure, other Windows Server-powered clouds, high speed WANs, and local non-virtualized resources.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Improved SDN gateway improvements up to 3x for GRE tunnels and IPSec site-to-site VPN.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Converged RDM storage traffic and tenant Ethernet traffic on the same underlying NIC team for significant cost savings, while also getting the desired throughput and quality of service.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Precision Time Protocol (PTP) enables network devices to add the latency introduced by each network device into the timing measurements, thereby providing a far more accurate time sample than Network Time Protocol (NTP).

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Leap Second support for occasional 1-second additions to UTC to adjust as earth’s rotation slows increases accuracy, compliance, and traceability.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

HTTP/2 support for HTTP/2 (RFC 7540) in the native HTTP server. Now, Windows Server 2019 delivers performance and security benefits to your website deployments with HTTP/2.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Latency Optimized Background Transport - LEDBAT with Windows Server 2019, we bring a latency optimized, network congestion control provider, Low Extra Delay Background Transfer (LEDBAT). LEDBAT is designed to automatically yield bandwidth to users and applications, while consuming the entire bandwidth available when the network is not in use.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

IP address management (IPAM) and DNS now supports comprehensive DNS and DHCP management with role-based access control across multiple AD forests. DNS provides for traffic management, load balancing, split-brain deployments, and prevention of DNS amplification attacks.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

High-availability RDS connection broker helps create a fault-tolerance connection broker for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) scenarios.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Software defined networking (SDN) with IPv4/IPv6 provides a method to centrally configure and manage physical and virtual network devices. Additionally, Windows Server 2019 now supports IPv6 and dual stack IPv4/IPv6 addressing as well.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Unified management in Windows Admin Center is an elegant browser-based HCI remote management interface that includes software-defined network configuration and monitoring.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Storage Spaces protect your data from drive failures and extend storage over time as you add drives to your servers.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Enhanced Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) build software-defined storage using industry standard servers with local storage that can scale up to 1PB per storage pool in Windows Server 2016 and 4PB per storage pool and 64TB per volume in Windows Server 2019.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Mirror-accelerated parity lets you create volumes that are part mirror and part parity for 2x better performance on storage spaces direct deployments. Writes land first in the mirrored portion and are gradually moved into the parity portion.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Nested Mirror Accelerated parity enables two-node clusters at the edge to survive multiple simultaneous failures.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Storage class memory support for new generation of server hardware including storage class memory, which drastically improves performance for server applications.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

USB thumb drive (as cluster witness) support for USB thumb drive as cluster witness allows true 2 node HCI deployments, with no additional dependencies.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Storage Replica provides storage-agnostic, block-level, and asynchronous and synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery and allows stretching of a failover cluster for high availability.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Storage Quality of Service (QoS) uses policies to define and monitor storage input/output minimums and maximums for VMs to enable consistent performance across VMs.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Data deduplication provides volume savings of up to 90% by storing duplicate files on a volume once using logical pointers. Windows Server 2019 add support for deduplication with ReFS volumes.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Deduplication for ReFS supported on ReFS to optimize free space on a volume by examining the data for duplicated portions.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Virtual machine storage resiliency provides intelligent means to retain VM session states to minimize the impact of minor storage disruptions.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Cloud Witness enables Azure blob storage as a witness in a quorum for a stretched cluster. Additionally, in Windows Server 2019 you can now create a file share witness that does not utilize the Cluster Name Object (CNO), but simply uses a local user account on the server the FSW is connected to.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Storage health monitoring provides continuous monitoring, reporting, and maintenance to support storage spaces directly.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Cluster-wide monitoring monitors memory and CPU usage, storage capacity, IOPS, throughput, and latency in real time with clear alerts when something's not right.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Cluster sets allows you to create large scale-out clusters with greater flexibility (deploying and retiring clusters) without sacrificing resiliency.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Cluster OS rolling upgrade enables an administrator to seamlessly upgrade the operating system of nodes in a failover cluster from Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 to Windows Server 2019.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Mixed OS mode cluster enables Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster nodes to operate with Windows Server 2016 nodes.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Site-aware failover clusters groups nodes in stretched clusters based on physical location, enhancing key cluster-lifecycle operations such as failover, placement policies, heart-beating between nodes, and quorum behavior.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Kernel soft reboot provides WSSD-validated hardware faster reboot time, reducing application downtime.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Persistent memory support for persistent memory (PM) technology provides byte-level access to non-volatile media while also reducing the latency of storing or retrieving data significantly.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Linux and FreeBSD workloads enables most of the Windows Server software-defined datacenter features for Linux and FreeBSD guests running on Hyper-V for increased functionality, performance, and manageability.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Hot add and remove for disk, memory, and network allows you to add or remove a network adapter and adjust the amount of memory assigned while the VM is running, without any interruption. The memory adjustment capability works even when you have dynamic memory turned on for a Hyper-V host.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Network controller provides a centralized, programmable point of automation to manage, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot virtualized network infrastructure in your datacenter.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Virtual networking helps create network overlays on top of a shared multi-tenant physical fabric.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Software load balancer (SLB) a cloud-optimized Layer 3 and Layer 4 load balancer that provides both North-South and East-West load balancing.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Virtual network peering provides high speed connectivity between two virtual networks. Traffic between the virtual networks goes through the underlying fabric network with no gateway. Both virtual networks must be part of the same datacenter stamp.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Distributed firewall and micro-segmentation dynamically segment networks based on evolving security or application needs using a stateful firewall and network security groups.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Hybrid SDN gateways multi-tenanted, highly available gateways that connect customer virtual networks to Azure, other Windows Server-powered clouds, high speed WANs, and local non-virtualized resources.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Improved SDN gateway improvements up to 3x for GRE tunnels and IPSec site-to-site VPN.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Converged RDM storage traffic and tenant Ethernet traffic on the same underlying NIC team for significant cost savings, while also getting the desired throughput and quality of service.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Precision Time Protocol (PTP) enables network devices to add the latency introduced by each network device into the timing measurements, thereby providing a far more accurate time sample than Network Time Protocol (NTP).

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Leap Second support for occasional 1-second additions to UTC to adjust as earth’s rotation slows increases accuracy, compliance, and traceability.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

HTTP/2 support for HTTP/2 (RFC 7540) in the native HTTP server. Now, Windows Server 2019 delivers performance and security benefits to your website deployments with HTTP/2.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Latency Optimized Background Transport - LEDBAT with Windows Server 2019, we bring a latency optimized, network congestion control provider, Low Extra Delay Background Transfer (LEDBAT). LEDBAT is designed to automatically yield bandwidth to users and applications, while consuming the entire bandwidth available when the network is not in use.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

IP address management (IPAM) and DNS now supports comprehensive DNS and DHCP management with role-based access control across multiple AD forests. DNS provides for traffic management, load balancing, split-brain deployments, and prevention of DNS amplification attacks.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Feature description

High-availability RDS connection broker helps create a fault-tolerance connection broker for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) scenarios.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Software defined networking (SDN) with IPv4/IPv6 provides a method to centrally configure and manage physical and virtual network devices. Additionally, Windows Server 2019 now supports IPv6 and dual stack IPv4/IPv6 addressing as well.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

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Enhanced security capabilities

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

Level of support key
  • Not supported Not supported   
  • Partially supported Partially supported   
  • Fully supported Fully supported   

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a new set of host intrusion prevention capabilities such as preventative protection, attack detection, and zero-day exploits.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Shielded VMs for Windows use BitLocker to encrypt disk and state for Windows OS-based VMs.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Shielded VMs for Linux protects Linux VMs from attacks and compromised administrators in the underlying fabric and extensive threat resistance components.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

HGS offline mode for shielded VMs allows shielded VMs to turn on when HGS cannot be reached, if the security configuration of your Hyper-V host has not changed.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

VM Connect for shielded VMs enhances the interactive session experience by providing a secure console connection while interacting with a shielded VM for Windows and Linux machines.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Cluster hardening new clusters running Windows Server 2019 will not require NTLM, which completely removes the requirement of Active Directory for clusters in Windows Server.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

SDN encrypted subnet virtual network encryption provides the ability for the virtual network traffic to be encrypted between VMs that communicate with each other within subnets.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Just-enough administration limits administrative privileges to the bare minimum required set of actions (limited in space).

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Just-in-time administration provides privileged access through a workflow that is audited and limited in time.

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Credential guard uses virtualization-based security to help secure credential information against advanced persistent threats on the system and to protect it from being stolen by a compromised administrator or malware.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Control flow guard helps protect against classes of memory corruption attacks.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Remote credential guard works in conjunction with credential guard for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions to deliver single sign-on (SSO), eliminating the need to pass credentials to the RDP host.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Device guard (code integrity) helps ensure only authorized executables run on the server.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Dynamic access control enables administrators to apply access-control permissions and restrictions based on well-defined rules.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

AppLocker provides policy-based access control management for applications.

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

BitLocker uses a hardware or virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to provide disk encryption for data and system volumes.

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a new set of host intrusion prevention capabilities such as preventative protection, attack detection, and zero-day exploits.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Shielded VMs for Windows use BitLocker to encrypt disk and state for Windows OS-based VMs.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Shielded VMs for Linux protects Linux VMs from attacks and compromised administrators in the underlying fabric and extensive threat resistance components.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

HGS offline mode for shielded VMs allows shielded VMs to turn on when HGS cannot be reached, if the security configuration of your Hyper-V host has not changed.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

VM Connect for shielded VMs enhances the interactive session experience by providing a secure console connection while interacting with a shielded VM for Windows and Linux machines.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Cluster hardening new clusters running Windows Server 2019 will not require NTLM, which completely removes the requirement of Active Directory for clusters in Windows Server.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

SDN encrypted subnet virtual network encryption provides the ability for the virtual network traffic to be encrypted between VMs that communicate with each other within subnets.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Just-enough administration limits administrative privileges to the bare minimum required set of actions (limited in space).

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Just-in-time administration provides privileged access through a workflow that is audited and limited in time.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Credential guard uses virtualization-based security to help secure credential information against advanced persistent threats on the system and to protect it from being stolen by a compromised administrator or malware.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Control flow guard helps protect against classes of memory corruption attacks.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Remote credential guard works in conjunction with credential guard for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions to deliver single sign-on (SSO), eliminating the need to pass credentials to the RDP host.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Device guard (code integrity) helps ensure only authorized executables run on the server.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Dynamic access control enables administrators to apply access-control permissions and restrictions based on well-defined rules.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

AppLocker provides policy-based access control management for applications.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

BitLocker uses a hardware or virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to provide disk encryption for data and system volumes.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

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Faster innovation for applications

Enable developers and IT pros to create cloud native applications and modernize their traditional apps using containers and micro-services.

Level of support key
  • Not supported Not supported   
  • Partially supported Partially supported   
  • Fully supported Fully supported   

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Linux containers allow application admins to manage both Windows and Linux applications on the same environment, reducing the management overhead.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Windows Server containers creates an isolated application environment in which you can run an application without fear of changes due to applications or configuration.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Server Core base container image reduced Server Core base container image size will reduce download time and further optimize the development time and performance.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Nano Server base container image will reduce download time and further optimize the development time and performance. For Windows Server 2016, Nano Server base container image optimization is available with Semi-Annual Channel updates. This capability comes with Windows Server 2019 out-of-the-box.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Server Core Features on Demand (FoD) significantly improve the app compatibility of Windows Server Core by including a set of binaries and packages from Windows Server with Desktop without adding any of the Windows Server Desktop GUI or Windows 10 GUI experiences.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Kubernetes platform support with major improvements to computing, storage, and networking components.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) provides a single identity solution for services running on a server farm, or on systems behind network load balancer. Using a gMSA, services or service administrators do not need to manage password synchronization between service instances. In Windows Server 2019, gMSA improves the scalability and reliability of containers to access network resources.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows developers and application administrators to use tools in Linux environments alongside Command Prompt and PowerShell.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Hyper-V isolation provides a highly isolated container environment in which the host operating system cannot be affected in any way by any other running container.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Azure Service Fabric for Windows Server enables you to create a multi-machine Azure Service Fabric cluster in your own datacenter or in other public clouds.

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

PowerShell 5.1 provides enhanced scripting capabilities for configuration, management, and deployment of software-defined datacenter components.

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) provides a set of PowerShell language extensions and cmdlets to declaratively specify how you want your software environment to be configured.

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Visual Studio Code supports development operations such as debugging, task running, and version control to provide the tools a developer needs for a quick code-build-debug cycle.

Fully supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

.NET Core helps create modern web apps, microservices, libraries, and console applications that run on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Fully supported in Windows Server 2008 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2Fully supported in Windows Server 2016Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Linux containers allow application admins to manage both Windows and Linux applications on the same environment, reducing the management overhead.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Windows Server containers creates an isolated application environment in which you can run an application without fear of changes due to applications or configuration.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Server Core base container image reduced Server Core base container image size will reduce download time and further optimize the development time and performance.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Nano Server base container image will reduce download time and further optimize the development time and performance. For Windows Server 2016, Nano Server base container image optimization is available with Semi-Annual Channel updates. This capability comes with Windows Server 2019 out-of-the-box.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Server Core Features on Demand (FoD) significantly improve the app compatibility of Windows Server Core by including a set of binaries and packages from Windows Server with Desktop without adding any of the Windows Server Desktop GUI or Windows 10 GUI experiences.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Kubernetes platform support with major improvements to computing, storage, and networking components.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) provides a single identity solution for services running on a server farm, or on systems behind network load balancer. Using a gMSA, services or service administrators do not need to manage password synchronization between service instances. In Windows Server 2019, gMSA improves the scalability and reliability of containers to access network resources.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Partially supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows developers and application administrators to use tools in Linux environments alongside Command Prompt and PowerShell.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Not supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Hyper-V isolation provides a highly isolated container environment in which the host operating system cannot be affected in any way by any other running container.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Azure Service Fabric for Windows Server enables you to create a multi-machine Azure Service Fabric cluster in your own datacenter or in other public clouds.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Not supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

PowerShell 5.1 provides enhanced scripting capabilities for configuration, management, and deployment of software-defined datacenter components.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) provides a set of PowerShell language extensions and cmdlets to declaratively specify how you want your software environment to be configured.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Partially supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

Visual Studio Code supports development operations such as debugging, task running, and version control to provide the tools a developer needs for a quick code-build-debug cycle.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

Feature description

.NET Core helps create modern web apps, microservices, libraries, and console applications that run on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Fully supported in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Fully supported in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2019

Fully supported in Windows Server 2019

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Windows Server 2019

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