Where is Hyper-V Server 2019?!

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Anyone know when MS will post it again for d-load??  Very frustrating since I need to rebuild my Hyper-V server and the new image is not here for dload!!  :((



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last news about 1809 lockdown from more than a moth ago :-(
I'm waiting desperately to

Totally!  Its a total knee-jerk reaction by MS.  Hyper-V server had NOTHING to do with the user data loss issue that plagued the newest build of 10 or Server 2019.....so they pulled all images rather than use logic and qualify exactly WHICH products were affected.  Idiotic.

Anyway, I did some scouring....and you can grab it here! ------>>>> http://hyper-v-backup.backupchain.com/windows-server-2019-iso-free-download-hyper-v-server-2019/



Well after waiting month and month for Hyper-V 2019 to be available again I've given up!  Microsoft doesn't bother to update us on the situation and expects us to idly sit by and cross our fingers it will one day come out. 


Once again Microsoft treat us like idiots, So after 6 months of waiting and no updates i took thhe leap and decided to spend the cash and purchase VMware ESXi and I have too say despite the cost this has been the best decision i've ever made!  It's great to finally deal with a company that actually knows what they're doing and has a high regard to 2 things Microsoft has sadly forgotten about, that being 1.)  Quality Control and 2.)  Customer Service.


I couldn't be happier with my purchase and highly advise everyone out there to make the switch hif you can afford it, you will not be dissapointed.  Also VMware don't use their own customers as guinea pigs to test their new software.


This is the current quality of expertise at Microsoft - I opened up a live chat to Microsoft the other day and enquired about Hyper-V 2019.  The online technician advised me that he was not familiar with that product and as such Microsoft does not support it.  I asked him "Who is the company that makes Hyper-V?"  I gave him 4 minutes before i decided to tell him the answer was Microsoft.  I thought to myself this is silly, so opened up another live chat and sadly that was the same response I reveived from Microsoft expert #2.


What a joke!  Microsoft has gone downhill the last few years, its a joke and the faster a competing desktop operating system can come out the better.

What a joke!!!


Yeah, totally pathetic.  We know the products better than their own people.

I just gave-up since 2019 has a bug to not allow Remote Desktopping in, and went back to Hyper-V 2016 Server. And Im happy for now.

MS is going the way of the Dodo!  You hear me, Satya??!!

About the time we were getting ready to re-release Windows Server 2019 after the October recall, a new issue was discovered affecting only the HYPER-V media which prevented us from re-releasing it along with the rest of the Windows Server 2019 media. We have a fix and are working on getting the media validated and published as quickly as we can. We recognize that this is a pain point for our customers and apologize for the delay.  

Do you have any release date for this?

Does this new version include bugs discovered with remote access?

What about fixing the problem with Docker and Hyper V?


I am available to receive test versions of this image and give you feedback if you find it interesting.

We are in the process of validating a fix associated with the Hyper-V Server media.  We don't have a release date at this point, but we are actively working to get this validated and released.  Hyper-V Server 2019 does not include support for containers (nor did Hyper-V Server 2016).   

We are using containers in Hyper V 2016 right now and I can even install and download the images in Hyper V 2019 which does not occur due to some unknown error is the execution of the images.
I'm using Docker EE 18.09.1 ​​and running my containers with both Isolation Process and Hyper V without any problems what I miss are the features released in Build 1803 that are present (or should) in Hyper V 2019.

For other folks following this conversation, I've answered Vinicius' question on the same Git issue.

@Mary Hoffman  ok as long as the issue with Remote Desktop has been addressed (Because there is no point to even administer it if I cant do it remotely) then I want to give it another look.  Meanwhile I have already setup my Hyper-V 2016 server and that was a pain in the A so I don't relish having to do all over again with 2019.  Im running an Intel NUC as the host, and had to hack the NIC driver to make it work on server 2016, and all setup through PowerShell so not a picnic! ;)

Any update on an ETA for Hyper-V 2019 ISO?  Any chance it is dropping very soon as I can't reach the Evalcenter site at all today? 



Edit: Eval site is back up for me again.

Back up.....but takes you in a circle when you try to go to download the ISO!  Cmon man, don't get all our hopes up when the ISO is STILL not bloody posted!

See this!  --->>> "Your evaluation may be accessed here:

"Updated on January 17, 2019: The Windows Server 2019 evaluation media is now available at the Evaluation Center."
Really sick of this **bleep** merry-go-round!  Who's with me??!!
I second that 😣

Technically the blog is correct in that the Evaluation versions of Windows Server editions were posted to the Evaluation Center. Hyper-V is a free product that also just happens to be made available on the Eval Center along with other free products like the App Compat FoD. I wish I had better news for you as to the availability  -  all I can offer is that the issue is being worked and to again ask for your patience.

Out of interest @rspeaker, why not just run Windows Server Core instead of Hyper-V server?
Are you only running Linux VMs?

@Ben Thomasvery simple:  I do not desire to run server core.  Hyper-V server is still less resource-intensive than server core, because its a dedicated Hyper-V role server, and leaves me all the resources to my many VMs I'm running.  No, I'm not running any Linux VMs.

Anyway, a non-issue at this point.  I am happily running Hyper-V 2016 in case you missed my post above. :)

Is it perhaps an idea to inform us a little bit sooner? Even you must agree, the long silences are painfully quiet... 🤐

Some of us are really following, out of confidence, almost every step Microsoft takes and want to be on top of things. know how evolution shapes te future, or visa versa. Why not sharing these statuses on the Windows Server blog, I guess many of us would sure appreciate "still alive" messages regarding the OS's reparation activities. (to my opinion)

Thanks anyways it is all appreciated !

Have also been waiting patiently for the Hyper-V 2019 evaluation media, as would like to run this on a new physical server, as opposed to tying down a Windows Server Standard license to that specific physical host. However, I need to have the guests set up and running this week. Do you think there is a chance that the Hyper-V Server 2019 media will be available this week? Otherwise, will have to use the Server Standard license, which I'd like to avoid if possible.


Thanks for the link. However, I can't bring myself to trust downloading an iso from a 3rd party website for a production server, would need to be directly from Microsoft. Thanks, though

@biopharmaspec  Its the EXACT ISO.  Folder by folder.  Trust me.  I d-loaded and examined it, then installed.  It is the exact ISO MS had on the site.  But ok, yer call...But no telling how long the wait.


Us tech-hedz must stick together!  ;)

Be aware that if you would install Hyper-V Server 2019 from the ISO from the link mentioned earlier, you will download a version before it was pulled, which BTW probably contains an issue with Remote Desktop connection (as discussed on https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c9d82adb-5dd5-4e43-878c-2e98e00c2943/hyperv-server...).


I strongly suggest waiting for an official release.

@Vladimír Mach  Yep, I already said this way up the thread.  But for those in a hurry to test it out and not need Remote Desktop to work, knock yer-selves out.

I just wanted to point out that it is not flawless download if someone didn't read the whole topic here and just open the link.


And I am not sure, but I think even Windows Update is not properly working in this image. At least on my test installation, the check for updates online does not offer any cumulative update for download.

@Jim Wooldridge Hoping we can get an update here... Thanks!

Yes, Please can we have an update MS
Yes. Any update would be appreciated!

We are getting closer. I believe the last of the issues has been resolved and validations are in progress.  For those of you who downloaded the original release of Microsoft Hyper-V while it was live for that brief period last fall, or obtained a copy from an unofficial source, we recommend a clean install of the new version when it is released.  

If the re-release of Server 2019 was Nov. 13 of last year, why oh why is Hyper-V Server 2019 taking for-ev-er to be released for download?  I have an important deployment where I need this, and I really don't want to have to install Hyper-V Server 2016.  I have a really tight timeline, so I may be forced to go that route.  I guess I just don't understand how it could be such a different build that it would take well over 3 extra month to release from the rest of the Server 2019 family.

I hear your frustration and appreciate your position.  I am hopeful that we will be able to release Microsoft Hyper-V 2019 in the next few weeks although I can't give you an exact date yet.

Problem finally (and officially) fixed with the build 17763.348 (KB4482887) realeased today :-)




I have the October release of Hyper-V Server 2019 from third-party sources installed.

Can I manually install 2019-02 for Windows Server 2019 from your link?


edit: I have successfully applied the patch. Now Remote Desktop works! Thank you!

hey! I actually gave up on all this mess and setup 2016 again. it works like a champ. Dunno when ill get the ballz to setup 2019 once all this madness is sorted...

@Mary Hoffman Can KB4482887 be applied to the Microsoft download located here: https://software-download.microsoft.com/download/pr/17763.1.180914-1434.rs5_release_SERVERHYPERCORE_...


Or is MS still recommending a fresh install of the yet to be released ISO?

@Mary Hoffman  And why is the link to HyperV-2019 still directing to this page?  https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/11/13/update-on-windows-server-2019-availability...


I thought the fixed version would be posted on the Eval Center with the others???

@rspeaker I believe what it boils down to is they've released a KB for Server 2019 that resolves the Remote Desktop issue, but they have not released the Hyper-V Server 2019 .ISO yet that includes this patch code.  @Mary Hoffman said the .ISO is in the qualification/validation stage, and should be release within the next 3 weeks.  Apparently, from what I've read on other forums, they're likely being extra cautious on this release of Hyper-V Server 2019 because of the multiple bugs the last release included.  I think besides the Remote Desktop issue, there was also problems with the media booting properly in certain scenarios.  I'm like several others here...based on how loud my client squeaks, I may have to roll with 2016 instead...

For me, this is a deployment for a small business; it will likely only ever run two VMs; one Linux (FreePBX), and one Windows 10 (for Veeam Free Edition to backup the FreePBX VM).  I have evaluated all the best three free hypervisors, and landed on Microsoft as my best choice.  VMWare (ESXi) free edition doesn't have the change block tracking needed for Veeam.  And, neither does KVM for that matter.  I'm just conformable with Veeam for backups.  I've also never deployed KVM, but actively manage both Hyper-V and VMWare hosts and cluster environments at my day job.

Hi @Mary Hoffman  -


I think we can all understand the difficult position you are in - unable to commit anything officially, but wanting to be helpful.


But, please, understand the situation many of us are in as well.  We need *some* kind of guidance (which you seem to have recently provided) as to when/how Hyper-V Server 2019 will be delivered.


My biggest complaint isnt that you (Microsoft) dont know exactly when, but rather the deafening silence from Microsoft over the past few *months* about status.


What is the best place to go for updated status on delivery dates for Hyper-V Server?  I assume this isnt it - The last official update that I am aware of was mid January - its been a while.


Thank you for any help and/or guidance....



Up until recently, there hasn't been anything official to announce externally except that there were issues and they were being worked. It took longer than we anticipated to resolve them. We wanted to make absolutely sure that we had addressed all of the issues before re-releasing. For those users who were able to obtain the original build released last fall, they may manually install KB4482887  and from that point on they should be good. The alternative is to wait for the release of the updated ISO which would consist of the original build plus this update package. It is looking very good that this will be released on the Evaluation Center before the end of this month.  The exact date is not final but as soon as I know, I will let the folks who are following this post know. Thank you for your understanding and patience. This has been frustrating for all of us.

@Mary Hoffman  this is good to hear!  many of us have been struggling with this.  if the updated ISO is gonna drop at the end of the month, very good news.


(now all i need to wait on is the Desktop Experience server 2019 ISO for my Action Pack, another frustration point!!)

@rspeaker wrote:

(now all i need to wait on is the Desktop Experience server 2019 ISO for my Action Pack, another frustration point!!)

No need to wait.






@Dave Patrick Ummmmm....thanks but....No, I do.  If you read my post carefully, I said "Action Pack".  Not referring to the free eval.  thanks a lot for getting my hopes up, lol.



@rspeaker wrote:

 read my post carefully, I said "Action Pack". 

Nothing missed, install the evaluation and convert it to full using your product key.



@Dave Patrick no way?!  you are saying the Action Pack product key will activate the eval version?  That usually does not work since the eval builds use a whole set of different activation keys.  Have you tried it?

The Server 2019 evaluation can be activated using any volume or retail key.



@Dave Patrick  i have heard rumors on this being true however the Action Pack is not a "Volume" or "Retail" subscription model.  its a totally different subscription base.  forgive me for my continued skepticism since you haven't answered my question on if you actually tried it with an AP key, which seems to be a NO.  nevertheless, i should try it just for sh1ts and grins and see it works.  wont hurt anything. thanks.

@Mary Hoffman  off topic for a moment, but you wanna weigh in on this?  any validity to what Dave says here? :))

Well there's volume, retail, and OEM product key channels. OEM can be tied to OEM distribution media. Volume and retail product keys will work to activate evaluation media.


I'd ask for help here if you didn't want to try it.



 and start a new thread for further discussion if needed since off topic here.






Evaluation copies do not need a key to activate to run as-is. If you wish to convert an Evaluation edition to a production edition, you cannot go directly to Volume from Eval. You can only convert to Retail and you need a Windows Server 2019 Retail product key to do it. From there, I believe you can convert to Volume if you have a Volume license agreement and key. Information on conversion of Eval to Retail is here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/supported-upgrade-paths. Unfortunately I am not all that familiar with the Action Pack licensing agreement so I cannot speak to whether that includes the appropriate keys. 

Just checking, does this confirm that I can use the earlier ISO and patch and there is no need for a new clean install when the new ISO drops?
Or are there still bugs in the last ISO that the patch can't cover?

@Mary Hoffman  THANK YOU for confirming what I already knew and it seems some users try to refute! ;))

Like I said, I highly doubt my AP keys will work to unlock the Eval version and I really hope the AP group will post the full-featured ISO SOON in my AP portal!