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Windows Server Insider Preview Build 19008 Released

Microsoft is releasing a new Windows Server Preview to Insiders. Build 19008 represents Windows Server 20H1. It features smaller Server Core container images.

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What’s New

Windows Server Core Container Images Are 20% Smaller

In what should be a significant win for any workflow that pulls Windows containers images, the download size of the Windows Server Core container Insider image has been reduced by 20%. This has been achieved by optimizing the set of .NET pre-compiled native images included in the Server Core container image. If you are using .NET Framework with Windows containers, including Windows PowerShell, use a .NET Framework image, which will include additional .NET pre-compiled native images to maintain performance for those scenarios, while also benefiting from a reduced size.

Available Content

  • Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview Build 19008 The Server Core Edition is available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in VHDX format in English only.
    • Matching Windows Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
    • Matching Windows Server Language Packs
  • Windows Admin Center Preview 1909

Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server.

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Containers: For more information about how to obtain and install Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here. Quick start information, here.

Keys: 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

The 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.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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