Windows Server 2019 is for the time being the latest version of the server operating system released by Microsoft. Generally available since October 2018, Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Microsoft’s previous release, Windows Server 2016. The functionality of the 2019 release offers new opportunities when it comes to hybrid cloud environments, storage, security, and administration. Windows Server 2019 has three editions: Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter. As their names imply, they are designed for organizations of different sizes, and with different virtualization and datacenter requirements. Windows Server 2019 Essentials perfectly suits the needs of a small infrastructure, while the Datacenter edition provides the widest range of functions among all the other server operating systems from Microsoft. The aim of this blog post is to highlight the core characteristics of each edition and the needs they are meant to satisfy.
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This edition is designed for small companies with up to 25 users and 50 devices. It’s worth noting that Microsoft encourages its users to move beyond Windows Server Essentials to Microsoft 365, which is the company’s newest solution for small business customers. According to their documentation, Microsoft 365 offers new functionality for data storage, sharing, protection, and so on. Windows Server Essentials, nevertheless, has enough features to satisfy the needs of a small infrastructure.
Just like its predecessor, Windows Server 2016 Essentials, the 2019 edition allows for integration with Azure Site Recovery services. This feature is meant to help you maintain business continuity in the event of a hardware or other failure, when your virtual machine (VM) or its host goes down. This functionality enables you to replicate the VMs in real-time mode to a backup repository in Azure. If a disaster strikes, you can failover to the replica and resume your business-critical operations.
The 2019 Essentials edition also makes it possible to integrate with Azure Virtual network. Moving an organization’s resources to the cloud can be a complicated issue. The right way is to allow enough time for this process and perform it step by step. Windows Server 2019 Essentials, in turn, makes the resources and processes that are running in Azure look as if they are located on your local network. This allows organizations to seamlessly move their resources to the cloud.
One of the things that sets apart Windows Server 2019 Essentials from the 2016 edition is that the Experience Role functionality has been removed. In practice, this means that all the tasks related to management and configuration must be performed manually. In addition, client backup and remote web access are no longer accessible.