01-28-2018 11:12 AM
01-28-2018 02:17 PM
01-29-2018 08:45 AM
Does this mean the insider preview will be getting a gui from now on? Is this a one off? Or will we get it once a year?
01-29-2018 09:54 AM - edited 01-29-2018 09:55 AM
TLDR: No GUI version of 1803 is coming; it'll be Server Core and Nano Server (container base OS image) only.
Windows Server with the Desktop Experience (GUI) is only available on the Long Term Servicing Branch, with releases expected every 2-3 years (and supported for 5 years of Mainstream and 5 years of Extended support). The current version is Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 is required for almost all Microsoft enterprise software (Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and so-on).
Semi-annual Channel (SAC) releases (such as 1709 and the pending 1803 version) only provide Server Core and Nano Server (container base OS image only). Server Core and Nano Server do not provide the Desktop Experience (aka Windows Shell, aka GUI). SAC versions of Windows Server are only available to customers with Software Assurance, and are only supported for 18 months from time of release. The current version is Windows Server 1709.
I've written more about this here, although I'm afraid it's behind a paywall (guy's gotta make a living).
02-06-2018 02:52 PM