Storage Migration and Storage Replica
Storage Migration Service is a wizard-based technology that makes it easier to migrate servers to a newer version of Windows Server or into Microsoft Azure, without reconfiguring applications or users.
Storage Replica is now available in Windows Server 2019 Standard with certain limitations - compared to the full capability in Windows Server 2019 Datacenter. Test failover is a unique feature that allows mounting of destination storage to validate replication or backup data without failing over.
Hybrid Cloud and Security
Windows Server 2019 offers system insights, bringing local analytics capabilities and providing high-accuracy predictions to help turn reactive management into proactive care for your on-premises Windows Servers.
The on-demand Server Core app significantly improves the app compatibility of the Windows Server Core installation option.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)1 provides access to deep kernel and memory sensors bolstered by Azure's massive security resources, helping to improve proactive security and to reduce exposure while enabling swift response actions on Windows Server 2019 endpoints.
Reduce the risk of security breaches with support for shielded Linux® VMs, expanding the range of operating systems that Windows Server can protect in a virtualized environment.
Windows Administration Center and Azure Integration
Windows Server 2019 introduces the freely downloadable Windows Administration Center which is the modern, browser-based evolution of inbox management tools such as Server Manager and Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
Everything from integrating initial configuration to managing cloud-based services is included to enable ongoing business continuity and security with Azure cloud services such as Azure Backup, Azure File Sync and Azure Site Recovery.
Windows Administration Center serves as the on-ramp for on-premises machines that use Azure services. It is separate from the Azure portal, which is used for management, monitoring, and configuration after the initial setup flow.
Windows Administration Center can restore and perform actions against recovery points. It also serves as the simplified, wizard-driven user interface for the Windows Server 2019 Storage Migration Service to migrate server workloads from legacy Windows Servers to a modern Windows Server 2019 machine.
You can continue to use the Azure portal to manage servers at scale across Azure's wide and growing range of cloud services and view aggregated information for monitoring jobs and alerts using deep links.
Microsoft® AMD Pilot Program
This program delivers the most economical and energy efficient single and dual socket HPE ProLiant platforms for Windows Server® 2019 at reduced OS licensing cost on high core count systems. Available for a limited time with launch on August 3rd, 2020 and program end on June 30th, 2021.
Only on platforms with AMD EPYC™ ‘Rome’ processors with more than 32 cores per processor. Another great option for Virtualization / Hyper Converged Infrastructure (Microsoft Azure Stack HCI based on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter) and Multipurpose use (Windows Server 2019 Standard).
Get ready for a powerful combination of an HPE ProLiant DL325 or HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 / Gen10 Plus server with AMD EPYC™ ‘Rome’ Processor with 48 or 64 Cores and Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter – use all cores, but license only 32 cores per CPU.