Windows Server 2019 is the ninth version of the Windows Server operating system developed by Microsoft as a part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It was released for general availability on October 2, 2018.

New Features

  • Windows Server 2019 New Features
  • Windows Admin Center
  • SetupDiag
  • OpenSSH included
  • Support for Kubernetes
  • Linux container on Windows
  • Storage space direct
  • Storage replica
  • Shielded virtual machine for Windows and Linux
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Editions of Windows Server 2019 and System Requirements

Editions in Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 EditionIdeal forLicensing modelCAL requirements
DatacenterHighly virtualized datacenters and cloud environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL
StandardPhysical or minimally virtualized environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL
EssentialsSmall businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devicesSpecialty servers (server license)No CAL required

Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter comparison

FeaturesStandard EditionDatacenter Edition
Core Windows Server functionalityYesYes
Hybrid integrationYesYes
Hyper-Converged InfrastructureNoYes
OSEs*/Hyper-V containers2Unlimited
Windows Server containersYesYes
Host Guardian ServiceYesYes
Storage ReplicaYesYes
Shielded Virtual Machines (VMs)NoYes
Software-defined networkingNoYes
Software-defined storageNoYes

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 1.4 GHz 64-bit
  • Memory: 2GB for server with desktop experience
  • Hard Disk Space: Minimum 32GB for operating system installation
  • Network: Minimum a Gigabit Ethernet adapter with 1 Gbps throughput

To download the Windows Server 2019 ISO image file, visit the below link.

Burn the ISO image file to DVD or USB Flash Drive by using Rufus software.

To create a bootable USB flash drive, follow the below link.

Installation of Windows Server 2019

Insert the Windows Server 2019 media, restart the computer, and boot with the installation media.

How to Install Windows Server 2019

Click Next after selecting the language, time and format, and keyboard input method.

How to Install Windows Server 2019

Click “Install now.”

How to Install Windows Server 2019

Select the edition that you want to install, standard or datacenter. For example, we selected the standard edition with a desktop experience. It will install along with the GUI. If you select standard or datacenter without desktop experience, it will install without a GUI. Click Next.

How to Install Windows Server 2019

Select “I accept the license agreement” and click Next.

How to Install Windows Server 2019

Select “Custom Install Windows only“.

How to Install Windows Server 2019

To create the partition from unallocated space, click New.

For example, allocate the space and click “Apply.” I am assigning 60GB to the operating system drive.

Select the primary partition and then click Next.

The system will restart automatically after the installation is completed.

Specify the password for Administrator and click Finish.

To unlock and login as Administrator, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

Windows Server 2019 Desktop.


Windows Server 2019 is the server operating system developed by Microsoft. It is available in three editions, such as Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials. By following the steps mentioned in this post, you will be able to install Windows Server 2019 without any issues on a physical or virtual machine.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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5 months ago

Detailed good step by step guide.

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