Microsoft today released the latest Build 17744 preview of Windows Server 2019. At present, Microsoft is basically releasing it at a weekly rhythm. The release time is 10:00 am Pacific time each week, and the version released last week is updated to Build 17738.
No new front-end features have been added to this release, but improvements have been made on Hyper-V:
On Windows Server 2019, Microsoft's Hyper-V server provides a powerful, optimized enterprise-class virtualization platform that increases server utilization and lowers costs. In this preview, there are many improvements and fixes for Microsoft Hyper-V Server:
Installation no longer requires a product key. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is an enterprise hypervisor that can be used at no additional cost.
The administrator will prompt to change the password when logging in correctly for the first time.
Install branding has been updated
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 also provides some additional features, including:
Failover cluster hardening. Failover clusters no longer require NTLM.
Server Message Block (SMB) hardening. SMB 1.0 is disabled by default.
Built-in Windows subsystem for Linux
Built-in Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
Built-in .NET Framework 4.7 (includes .NET Framework 4.6 in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016)
Finally, Windows Management Center can fully manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server to provide a modern remote management solution that integrates with Azure backup, disaster recovery, and more.