Get started with Windows Server 2019

Applies to: Windows Server 2019

This collection contains detailed information to help you determine if you're ready to move to Windows Server 2019. Once you've checked the system requirements, upgrade options, and other information about moving to Windows Server 2019, you're ready to start down the path of installing the best edition and installation option for your needs. To download Windows Server 2019, see Windows Server Evaluations.

If you're looking for info about Windows Server 2016, see Get started with Windows Server 2016. For even earlier versions, see our Windows previous versions library.

What's new? Find out what's new in Windows Server 2019.

Servicing channels
Better plan your deployment and patching schedules by understanding the difference between our Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSB) and Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) releases.

Install, Upgrade , Migrate
You can move to Windows Server 2019 a number of ways. Whether you are newly installing, upgrading in-place, or migrating applications and Server Roles, discover the best approach here.

Release notes
Issues that could cause serious problems if you don't avoid or work around them.

System requirements
The minimum hardware requirements to install and run Windows Server 2019.

Basic information on activation of Windows Server 2019 itself, and other operating systems, by using Windows Server 2019.

Application Compatibility
Need to get SQL working on Windows Server 2019 or find steps to get Exchange running? This topic links to documentation for compatible Microsoft applications.

Features on Demand
Features on Demand (FODs) are Windows Server feature packages that can be added at any time.

Standard / Datacenter Editions comparison
Windows Server Standard and Datacenter Editions have different capabilities. Find out which one you need.