Windows 10 Server 2019

Extend on premises to the cloud

Maximize existing investments
Eliminate need to build custom solutions

Add built-in hybrid management capabilities

Built-in Azure active directory integration
Azure backup, Azure site recovery and more
Storage migration services
Easier connection to Azure virtual networks

Windows Server IoT 2019 is an LTSC release

Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) releases are supported for 10 years

Windows Server IoT 2019Windows Server 2019
UsageFixed function applianceGeneral purpose server
LicensingOEM channel with dedicated use licensing termsMultiple channels including volume licensing, retail, and OEM
SKUsStandard, Datacenter, Essentials, Telecommunications and “For” StorageStandard, Datacenter & Essentials
CAL requirementsCAL-less option availableNormal Windows Server CAL requirements
  • Windows Server IoT 2019 is the functional equivalent of Windows Server 2019
    • Sold to OEMs with licensing for use in a dedicated solution
  • 10 years of operating system support and updates until 1/9/2029
  • New LTSC releases every 2-3 years

Windows Server 2019 - Feature Differentiation

Standard and Datacenter editions

  • Deliver enhancements to core Windows Server functionality.
  • Enable developers to create cloud native apps and modernize traditional apps using containers and micro-services
  • Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system

Datacenter Edition

  • Continues to enable high density virtualization
  • Adds advanced software-defined datacenter capabilities
  • Adds advanced software-defined storage capabilities
Datacenter EditionStandard Edition
Core Windows Server functionalityxx
Hybrid integrationxx
Hyper-converged infrastructurex
OSEs*/Hyper-V containersUnlimited2*
Windows Server containersUnlimitedUnlimited
Host Guardian Service xx
Storage Replicaxx
Shielded Virtual Machinesx
Software defined networkingx
Software defined storagex
EditionsDescirptionLicensing ModelCAL requirements
Windows Server 2019 DatacenterFor highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environmentsCore basedYes
Windows Server 2019 StandardFor physical or minimally virtualized environments.Core basedYes

Windows Server IoT 2019 SKUs

Licensing ProvisionsWS IoT 2019
WS IoT 2019
WS IoT 2019 
WS IoT 2019
Storage Standard
WS IoT 2019
Storage Workgroup
Number of Virtual InstancesLimited2Unlimited2 + 2 1 + 0
Preinstalled OSMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryMandatory
Embedded ApplicationMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryMandatory
Line of Business ApplicationsNoNoNoNoNo
Client Access  License (CAL) RequiredYesNoYesNoNo
Core based licensingYesYesYesYesNo

Client Access Licenses

A CAL (client access license) gives a user or device the right to access Windows Server on your network via an authenticated connection