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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 Finally Available for Download

June 19, 2019 / Kurt Mackie

This week, Microsoft announced that the free standalone Hyper-V Server 2019 is now available for download.Ben Armstrong, principal program manager lead on the core virtualization team at Microsoft, tweeted about it on Monday, acknowledging that the release took way too long, but offered no explanation for the delay.Depending on how it's counted, Hyper-V Server 2019 could be considered more than eight months overdue from its expected release date. For instance, Windows Server 2019 reached general availability (GA) commercial-release status on Oct. 2, 2018. However, Microsoft had explained back then that no certified hardware was available yet because it had skipped the traditional earlier phase known as release-to-manufacturing (RTM). During the RTM phase, original equipment manufacturing partners deploy and test the software bits on new server hardware. Without an RTM, organizations simply lacked a product to buy at the GA release stage.