Windows Server Datacenter 2019
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter is the most comprehensive version of the software, offering all features there is in just one package. This version includes all the tools and the infrastructure you need to build up a cloud-native, as well as local, server that is both secured and optimized.
All in one
Being the most powerful and most comprehensive version of the line, Windows Server 2019 Datacenter naturally carries all the pre-existing features that Standard users enjoy, along with many more finishing touches.
The most basic difference lies in the number of containers allowed in the system. While the Standard version offers only 2 containers, there is no limit for the Datacenter version, so theoretically, you can use as many containers as you want, so long as the hardware can support it.
Security is among the brightest spotlights for Windows Server 2019, but Datacenter takes it up a notch with the Shielded Virtual Machines feature. This certain security protocol will protect all Hyper-V virtual machines from unauthorized access or tampering from external sources, adding a strong virtual wall to your server.
No Storage Limit
If storage features limit in the Standard version gets on your nerve, then Datacenter will certainly dispel that annoyance. There is no storage limit for features like Storage Spaces Direct or Storage Replica, allowing you to tweak the system to its fullest.
Finally, Datacenter offers the ability to stack networks, a feature that surely gives it an edge over the Standard version.
To sum up, Datacenter is a great version for a large business with a focus on cloud-native storage systems. The features that come with the software will make your investment worthwhile.
If you, like me, have quickly built a new server or VM using the Evaluation download from Microsoft, you will find that when you get your license key and try to plug it in, it won’t work. You cannot simply use an otherwise valid key on an evaluation copy of Windows Server.
But fret not, the solution is quite simple. You merely need to run this command from an elevated command prompt:
DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula
The Edition ID will be ServerStandard, and then insert your product key. The server will run through the image conversion process, then restart twice.
After the server has restarted, you will need to re-activate the server and enter the Key in again.
It is important to note that if you’ve used an evaluation edition to build a domain controller, you cannot change the edition. You will need to either build a new domain controller, or demote the evaluation edition domain controller, set the version id, and then promote it again.
This key can activate ONE windows device, only ONE time. After activation process is done, you will NOT be able to use the same key again. Formatting the hard drive will effectively erase the key. You can NOT transfer the license to other computer.