Windows Server Preview Build 18945 Released

A new Windows Server vNext release hits the Insider Preview channel. Windows Server Insider Preview build 18945 out now with support for FIDO2 keys.

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The change log comes with the following details.

Extending support for FIDO2 security keys to hybrid environments

We’re adding the capability for modern passwordless credentials, such as FIDO2 security keys, to authenticate and provide seamless Single Sign-On (SSO) to on-premises environments. Please refer to this blog entry that discusses this capability for cloud environments. Addition of this new capability will extend this feature to hybrid environments.

Available Content

  • Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview

The Server Core Edition is available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in VHDX format in English only.

  • Windows Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
  • Windows Server Language Packs
  • Windows Admin Center 1907

Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server. Matching Windows Server container images will be available via Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here.

The following keys allow for unlimited activations of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Previews

  • Server Standard: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
  • Server Datacenter: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W

This Windows Server Preview will expire July 31st, 2020.

How to Download

Registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  See the Additional Downloads dropdown for Windows Admin Center and other supplemental apps and products. If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

Known Issues

There is an issue where the App Compatibility FOD cannot be added to the OS .wim image offline using DISM /image method.  After upgrade, it is necessary to reinstall the new FOD using DISM /online method.

Terms of Use

This is pre-release software – it is provided for use “as-is” and is not supported in production environments. Users are responsible for installing any updates made available from Windows Update.   All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use.

Source: Microsoft

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