Fall 2018 is quite the season with Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 releases!

Posted by Paul Braren on Oct 3 2018 (updated on Oct 16 2018) in
  • ESXi
  • Windows

  • Oct 06 2018 09:19am ET - You may want to hold off working with the bits that you may have already downloaded earlier this week, as it appears Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 have been pulled from downloads for now, details appended below.

    Windows Server 2019

    windows-server-2019-now-generally-available

    Fall, the time to enjoy apple cider and autumn leaf colors. Also a time to hole up indoors to test out those fresh bits, at the work lab, or in the home lab.

    Windows Server 2016 came out in GA form on Sep 26 2016. Surprise, Windows Server 2019 was announced on Sep 24 2018, has arrived in GA form on Oct 2, and it's still 2018!

    Personally, I like to keep on top of the latest developments in Windows Server and Hyper-V, along with a bit of SQL Server. I also like to check out the latest in UI and RDP enhancements, and use the ISO to create my Golden Master Template for my home lab. Used for installation onto physical systems via BMC and for mounting to VMs for fresh installs, and to test of various VM backup and agent backup vendors, and maybe even for suitability testing as a network file share and backup server.

    Here's the official Microsoft announcement:

    Download

    Azure, ISO, or VHD 180 day evaluation bits here:

    Current MSDN/My Visual Studio subscribers get their bits by logging in then searching for "Server 2019” here:

    • my.visualstudio.com/downloads

      Windows Server 2019 (x64) - DVD (English)
      Released: 10/2/2018
      SHA1: 24F7C459F3612DF82205A45FDB68CA9F96BC5D80
      File name: en_windows_server_2019_x64_dvd_3c2cf1202.iso

    I was able to get each of my 4GB ISO files downloaded in about 4 minutes per ISO. Not too shabby, at a rate of around 120 Mbps, coming from Verizon Digital Media Services Edgecast CDN. How do I know? See for yourself here, using whois for the discovered IP.

    download-windows-server-2019--TinkerTry

     


    Windows Server Essentials 2019

    Home Server and Windows Server 2012 Essentials fans will find little to get exited about in Windows Server 2019 Essentials, since it's now missing the small-business-friendly good stuff like DDNS with easy certificate generation, Remote Desktop Gateway, easy VPN, and Client Connector backups, partially explained in What's New in Windows Server 2019 Essentials | 10/03/2018:

    The Windows Server Essentials Experience Role has been removed from all server SKUs, including Windows Server 2019 Essentials. This means that the Administrative Dashboard that used to be the core feature for Essentials Experience Role is no longer accessible and all management and configuration must be completed manually.

    With Server Essentials Experience Role deprecation, the following features are no longer available:

    • Client backup
    • Remote web access

    Download

    Current MSDN/My Visual Studio subscribers get their bits by logging in then searching for "Server 2019” here:

    • my.visualstudio.com/downloads

      Windows Server 2019 Essentials (x64) - DVD (English)
      No additional details are available for this file.
      Released: 10/2/2018
      SHA1: 66706C2FC927066C90DF294E8B67D4A70E564986
      File name: en_windows_server_2019_essentials_x64_dvd_70296902.iso

    Licenses

    You can use the handy "Get key" button next to the downloads you see when searching for "Server 2019", or get any of your product keys that you're entitled to here:

    download-windows-server-2019-essentials--TinkerTry

     


    Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    Update

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    See all the details here:

    • Get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update
      Oct 02 2018

      Windows 10 will automatically download the October 2018 Update on your eligible device if you have enabled automatic updates in Windows Update settings. When the update is ready, you'll be asked to pick a time to install it. After it’s installed, your device will be running Windows 10, version 1809.

      • Note: If you want to install the update now, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and then select Check for updates. If updates are available, install them.
    windows-update-1809-install-underway-example--TinkerTry

    Download ISO from public URL

    This is good, anybody can get the bits, no login required.

    1. click microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO
    2. click Download tool now, then when prompted, save the MediaCreationTool1809.exe on a directory of your choosing, right on your local system
    3. wait a couple of minutes the "Getting a few things ready" prompt to do its thing, then review the EULA and click Accept to proceed
    4. when prompted What do you want to do?, choose Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next
    5. when prompted Select language, architecture, and edition, confirm what it has chosen is what you need, which in my case is "English", "Windows 10", 64-bit (x64). If they're not what you want, simply turn off the Use the recommended options for this PC checkbox to override and change the selections
    6. select ISO file, and don't worry about the "You'll need to burn the ISO file to a DVD later." prompt, you're not a dinosaur, you'll be mounting that ISO to install your VMs later, or making bootable USB media out of it using Rufus, although it's most likely easiest/most reliable to run the whole wizard again after you get your, choosing USB flash drive and inserting a drive, to let it do its thing
    7. you're now prompted for where you want to save Windows.iso, which is also your chance to change that lousy default name to something more descriptive like
      Windows10-Business-1809-English.iso
    8. wait for Progress to reach 100%, the duration of this download will depend upon your internet connection speed,and limitations on how many downloads the server allows, with my 800Mbps connection only seeing 30Mbps for this particular download, using Resource Monitor to determine the IP was 13.107.4.50, and whois used for that IP to determine it's a server owned by Microsoft, seemingly with no CDN, which is odd.
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    Download ISO from MSDN/My Visual Studio

    Current MSDN/My Visual Studio subscribers get their bits by logging in then searching for
    "Windows 10 1809" at:

    • my.visualstudio.com/downloads

      Windows 10 (business edition), version 1809 (Updated Sept 2018) (x64) - DVD (English)

      For this multi-edition Business media, use a product key specific to the edition in the list you want to activate. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations product keys will also activate the VL multi-edition media.

      This multi-edition Business media includes the following editions:
      Windows 10 Pro
      Windows 10 Pro N
      Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
      Windows 10 Pro for Workstations N
      Windows 10 Pro Education
      Windows 10 Pro Education N
      Windows 10 Education
      Windows 10 Education N
      Windows 10 Enterprise
      Windows 10 Enterprise N
      Released: 10/2/2018
      SHA1: 0BE4E80687D8D7EFF8C80C5AA8C03B15E2F77256
      File name: en_windows_10_business_edition_version_1809_updated_sept_2018_x64_dvd_d57f2c0d.iso

    MSDN-download-of-Windows-10-business--TinkerTry

     


    VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 / VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1

    VMware vSphere/vSAN 6.7 was announced and available on Apr 1 2018, and vSphere/vSAN 6.7 Update 1 is expected to arrive soon.

    introducing-vsphere-platinum-and-vsphere-6-7-update-1--TinkerTry

    How soon? Probably in October, and likely no later than November 2nd, as I detailed in my VMworld 2018 US Recap and VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Highlights. Of course, if an issue is found between now and then, that date could slip, see also this VMware Press Release excerpt from Aug 27:

    Product Availability
    VMware vSphere Platinum Edition, VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1, VMware vRealize Suite 2018, VMware vRealize Operations 7.0, VMware vRealize Automation 7.5, and vRealize Network Insight 3.9 are expected to become available by the end of VMware’s Q3 FY19 (November 2, 2018).

    Also great reads:

    Download

    • [ETA between now and Nov 2]
    vSphere-6-7-HTML5-UI-example--TinkerTry
    Here's the fast and effective and lovely vSphere 6.7 browser-based UI that uses HTML5.

     



    Oct 06 2018 09:19AM ET Update

    Microsoft pulls Windows Server 2019

    Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    It seems that some time last night, Microsoft pulled not just Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but also pulled Microsoft Windows Server 2019. My tweet last night appears to be the first report of this, with Google searches still coming up with nothing definitive. A bump in the road, likely to be resolved in just a few days, we'll see. I was just trying to squeeze in some more tire-kicking before a bunch of travel. I do have one Windows 10 October 2018 Update system I do use that I now need to consider rolling back from, using a bare metal restore from my full Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2 backup, or just a file level restore of My Documents to see if any files went missing. This could be a situation where Microsoft's built-in Recovery options in Windows 10 might not help, way too early to know.

    Other than the sysadmin burden, this hiccup in code roll-out isn't a big deal for me personally, but I suspect there's a lot of folks in Redmond who are not getting time off this weekend.

    See also Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update and The Morning After: Windows 10's October update problem.

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    Oct 06 2018 11:17AM ET Update

    microsoft-pulls-october-update-citing-issues-with-content-deletion

    My tweet last night that included Brad Sams @bdsams worked, posted about an hour ago:


    Oct 06 2018 01:24PM ET Update

    microsoft-pulls-windows-10-october-2018-update-file-deletion

    ... numerous users across the web reported that the transition deleted massive chunks of data ...
    Fortunately, the issue was caught before mass rollout. While enthusiasts could manually install the October 2018 Update since October 2, it was scheduled to be pushed out to the masses via Windows Update on October 9 as part of Patch Tuesday. “If you have manually downloaded the Windows 10 October 2018 Update installation media, please don’t install it and wait until new media is available,” the support site suggests.
    ...

    Given this information, it seems likely I'll need to roll my system back by restoring my Oct 03 2018 02:15am Veeam backup of 2TB of data, my last full backup before the Oct 04 01:53 am date/time-stamp on my upgraded system's C:/Windows.old directory. I suppose I'm glad I can get this done on the weekend.


    Oct 06 2018 10:53PM ET Update

    Given the VMware Press Release states the hope for release by November 2nd, the original title of the article:
    October 2018 is quite the month for lab testing Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1!
    has been changed to:
    Fall 2018 is quite the season with Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 releases!

    Given folks weren't checking the Press Release source of the Nov 2nd date, the release excerpt itself has also been added to the article above.


    Oct 07 2018 05:47PM ET Update

    Sometime today, Microsoft has published definitively that Windows Server 2019 was part of the code withdrawal. How do I know? Thanks this tip on twitter by Jim Gaynor @jimgaynor, I had a look at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine search result, and indeed 2019 doesn't appear anywhere in the Oct 06 2018 22:16:48 snapshot, versus the newly updated article, which added:

    • Windows 10 update history
      Oct 02 2018

      Affected platforms:

      Windows 10, version 1809
      Windows Server, version 1809
      Windows 10 IoT Core, version 1809
      Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019
      Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019
      Windows Server 2019

      Current Status as of: October 6, 2018

    Relevant excerpt, as of Oct 07 2018:

    windows-10-update-history-at-Microsoft-2018-10-07--TinkerTry
    Click to view the latest version of the entire Microsoft article.

    Oct 08 2018 09:41AM ET Update

    As mentioned by Thinus in this comment, the direct download links on Reddit from Oct 4th here still work, such as:
    https://software-download.microsoft.com/download/pr/17763.1.180914-1434.rs5_release_SERVER_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso


    Oct 08 2018 11:04PM ET Update

    After resetting my Veeam database and doing a completely new full backup, I was able to verify everything was working fine. Then I deleted my Windows 10 1809 VM.

    So my full backup of my restored VM is now done, and this minor set-back is entirely behind me now. Everything is working great, just as it was last Wednesday, and my confidence in my ability to recover from nearly anything is now strengthened greatly.

    veeam-agent-backup-complete--TinkerTry
    Veeam Agent first new backup completed.

    Oct 09 2018 04:22PM ET Update

    Received word from Brandon Lee @vspinmaster


    Oct 10 2018 12:14AM ET Update

    microsoft-windows-10-october-2018-update-data-deletion-fix
    • Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug
      Oct 09 2018 by Tom Warren at The Verge

      Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling it offline due to data deletion issues over the weekend. The software giant says there were only a few reports of data loss, at a rate of one one-hundredth of one percent.
      ...
      Microsoft is now re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, before rolling it out more broadly to consumers.
      ...


    Oct 16 2018 05:37AM ET Update

    I'm here at Veeam Vanguard Summit in Prague this week, and have found that Windows Server 2019 is still not available on Visual Studio/MSDN.

    See also

    windows-server-2019-and-what-we-need-to-do-now-migrate-and-upgrade

    See also

    • Windows Server 2019
      at Veeam Community Forums in Veeam Agent for Windows

      Post by excel-gg » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:56 pm
      When is support for the upcoming Windows Server 2019 coming?
      Also, is there any update on Server Core support?
      ...
      Post by Dima P. » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:16 pm
      While initial tests indicate that basic functionality of the current agent version is compatible with Server 2019, I recommend to wait until we ship the official support with next major version. This will give us the chance to complete the full regression testing on GA code, and ensure all agent functionality is working with Server 2019 as expected.


    See also at TinkerTry

    windows-10-and-windows-2019-server-pulled

    vsphere-6-7-released

    windows-server-2016-eval-available-for-download

    See also

    windows-server-2019-and-what-we-need-to-do-now-migrate-and-upgrade

    under-the-hood