Windows Server LTSC vNext Preview Build 20206 #SMB #WindowsServer #StorageSpacesDirect #WinServ #AzureHybrid

A new build of the Windows Server vNext Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release that contains both the Desktop Experience and Server Core installation options for Datacenter and Standard editions Build 20206. There are a lot off under water improvements. like the SMB 3.1.1. protocol better security and performance capabilities. Extended Migration options.

What is new :

  • File Services: SMB improvements
  • Storage Migration Services improvements
  • AFS Tiering support preview
  • Compress files copied over SMB with robocopy
  • SMB Direct + RDMA

More in-depth on the improvements :

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Directly on the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.

Choose the LTSC ISO or VHDX, it's a quick download and ready to start with.


It is great that There are 18 languages for the server OS but personally I really hate this. keep your server English. Issues can easily be found and people can help you better but his is totally my opinion.

Windows Server vNext Long-Term Servicing Channel Preview is available in ISO format in 18 languages, and in VHDX format in English only.

The following keys allow for unlimited activations:
Datacenter: 2KNJJ-33Y9H-2GXGX-KMQWH-G6H67

Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview The Server Core Datacenter and Standard Editions are available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in VHDX format in English only.

The following keys allow for unlimited activations:
Standard: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
Datacenter: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W

Windows Server LTSC vNext Preview Build 20206


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