Microsoft Windows Server 2019 to include additional clustering features

Microsoft Insiders will be able to enjoy another Windows Server test build. Dubbed as the Redstone 5 build Number 17650, it was designed for Windows Server 2019 as well as the associated Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release, otherwise known as 1809.

For those who are interested, the new release contains several new features. One of them has to do with failover clustering; File Share Witness has multiple improvements. By blocking the usage of a Distributed File System share as a location, stability issues will be improved. From now on, you will be able to use File Share Witness in some scenarios that were previously unsupported, with some of the examples being:

– Lack of shared drives for a disk witness

– Poor internet access

With the new build, you will also be able to enjoy the new PowerShell commandlets. These were designed to aid users when moving clusters between domains.

According to Microsoft, the forthcoming Storage Replica Standard Edition will not allow for total freedom around volumes, in the sense of partnerships, sizes, and amount of volumes supported. However, these limitations are subject to change and it is possible that, dependant on user feedback, alterations will be made throughout the preview phase and at RTM.

Remote Desktop Session Host support, however, is not a feature included in the Server 2019 test builds. On the bright side, Microsoft has noted that, at some point, this will surely change.

Additional information regarding this test build is available on Microsoft’s official blog.