A new version of the Windows Server Insider Preview has been made available by Microsoft. The Windows Server Insider website now offers a VHDX and the ISO file for this month’s build 25246. It offers both the Server Core installation option for Datacenter and the Standard edition as well as the (Windows 11) Desktop Experience. It’s not really clear what’s new because, as usual, there isn’t much of a changelog.
The branding has not yet been changed; the preview still refers to Windows Server 2022. Microsoft also invites Insiders to submit feedback under the Windows Server category and then the relevant subcategory. The company requests that you include the title and the build number for which you are providing feedback, as shown in the example below:
There is one known problem with this build.
Installation of AppCompatFOD on Server Core fails after a reboot and displays an error message “Something didn’t go according to plan. Not to worry—reversing changes Keep your PC on, please.” Alternative: DISM It works to add offline capability.
/add-capability /capability dism /image
/source: /limitaccess name:ServerCore.AppCompatibility0.0.1.0
View Windows Server | Microsoft’s Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand (FOD) To learn more, click here.
- Windows Server VNext Preview is available in 18 languages in ISO format and in English-only VHDX format.
- Languages and optional features for the Windows Server VNext Preview VHDX Microsoft Server Preview
- Windows Admin Center Preview 2110.2
Keys only work with preview builds:
- MFY9F-XBN2F-TYFMP-CCV49-RMYVH is the server standard.
- Center for computing: 2KNJJ-33Y9H-2GXGX-KMQWH-G6H67
Registered Insiders can access the Windows Server Insider Preview download page here to get started. If you haven’t already, you may sign up for the Windows Insider Program by visiting the Getting Started with Server page on the Windows Insider for Business portal.
Microsoft also mentions that the expiration date of this Preview is September 15, 2023.
The formal announcement is located here, and you can get the build from here.