Preview: Windows Server VNext Datacenter (Azure Edition) for Azure Automanage


Windows Server VNext Datacenter Azure Edition is currently in public preview. This preview version is provided without a service-level agreement, and we don't recommend it for production workloads. Certain features might not be supported or might have constrained capabilities. For more information, see Supplemental Terms of Use for Microsoft Azure Previews.

Windows Server: Azure Edition (WSAE) is a new edition of Windows Server focused on innovation and efficiency. Featuring an annual release cadence and optimized to run on Azure properties, WSAE brings new functionality to Windows Server users faster than the traditional Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) editions of Windows Server (2016,2019,2022, etc.) the first version of this new variant is Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition, announced at Microsoft Ignite in November 2021.

The annual WSAE releases are delivered using Windows Update, rather than a full OS upgrade. As part of this annual release cadence, the WSAE Insider preview program will spin up each spring with the opportunity to access early builds of the next release - leading to general availability in the fall. Install the preview to get early access to all the new features and functionality prior to general availability. If you are a registered Microsoft Server Insider, you have access to create and use virtual machine images from this preview. For more information and to manage your Insider membership, visit the Windows Insider home page or Windows Insiders for Business home page.

What’s in the preview?

Much like the Dev Channel of the insider program for Windows 11, the WSAE Preview comes directly from an active, still-in-development codebase. As a result, you may encounter some features that are not yet complete, and in some cases, you may see features & functionality that will not appear in the Azure Edition annual release. Details regarding each preview will be shared in release announcements posted to the Windows Server Insiders space on Microsoft Tech Community.

How do I get started?

To create a Windows Server: Azure Edition preview virtual machine in Azure, visit the Microsoft Server Operating Systems Preview offer in the Azure marketplace.

Next steps

To learn more about the features and functionality in the Windows Server: Azure Edition preview, view the most recent preview announcement here.