Is this even a concern?
While many of you are probably already running Windows Server 2019 VMs in test and production without a worry a little hiccup in the Microsoft documentation cause some concern. So, yes, it is, or rather, it was. Some people noticed or were told that Windows Server 2019 is not a supported guest OS on Windows Server 2016 Hosts. That was a mistake in the documentation and confused some people and account managers. But, yes. Windows Server 2019 is a supported guest OS on Windows Server 2016 Hosts. No worries!
The documentation mistake has been fixed
When we look at Supported Windows guest operating systems for Hyper-V on Windows Server and GitHub https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/windowsserverdocs/commit/2c54e781c64e0cc3fec2cef349a762b972987870#diff-5347e6e782aa2be9a9ec94ff6ef0436b today we’ll see that the mistake has been corrected. In good tradition of Hyper-V the host support guest OS versions up to N+1. This means that Windows Server 2019 is a supported guest OS on Windows Server 2016 Hosts.
But until recently you might have seen the below.
This is what caused the concern. It was a simple mistake. So please if someone tells you Windows Server 2019 guests are or might not be supported on a Windows Server 2016 host, tell them to check again and point them to the above links.
Windows Server 2019 is a supported guest OS on Windows Server 2016 Hosts
The good news is that the mistake is fixed and all is well. I’m sorry if your decision makers or managers who got shown those documents before that mistake was fixed got scared but all is well. Windows Server 2019 is a supported guest OS on Windows Server 2016 Hosts. Be happy and start rolling out and upgrading as soon as you have all things like backup covered. I know I am.
Well someone needs to tell Veeam about this, their latest status update outlines that the SW is unable to backup 2019 on 2016 hosts….
Official support for W2K19 is coming with VBR 9.5 Update 4 very soon. It does work now, but officially not supported yet by Veeam for their backup product.
According to their latest “Community Forums Digest” post, Update 4 for VBR 9.5 shipped on December 28th. Though, I can’t find the update on their Updates web page.
It has gone RTM, which is for partners, ISP etc to test and report back any remaining issues so they can be taken care of before GA. I am running that in the lab for testing but not anywhere in production yet. GA (General Availability) is normally in a few weeks if I have to guess (bar show-stopping issues) and then everyone with an active support contract can download at will.
the GitHub link, oddly, when clicked thru, causes the browser history to be lost, so I can’t go back to this post…
Works for me … weird
The problem is Edge browser, works correctly on Firefox