For Windows Server users, Microsoft has a Linux-flavored treat in store

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Linux emulation is now available in Windows Server 2022.

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Windows Server 2022 now supports Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), allowing users to take advantage of more features in Linux distributions.

The company has offered some Linux support for over 10 years, but the most recent news, which defied many GitHub users’ pessimism, appears to be a stroke of good fortune for Windows server customers.

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WSL 2 (opens in new tab), which was first launched in May 2019, employs virtualization technologies to run an open source Linux kernel inside a lightweight utility virtual machine (VM). This allows Windows users to run Linux applications like Docker.

WSL 2 does not have the characteristics of a standard VM, according to Microsoft, which can be slow to boot up, isolated, consume a lot of resources, and demand your time to administer.

Where can I obtain the latest information?

The upgrade is included in the newest Windows Server 2022 KB5014021(opens in new tab) update, therefore users who want to install it should go here(opens in new tab). The update is now voluntary, but it will be rolled out to customers automatically next month.

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Users who wish to learn more about installing Linux GUI software via the command prompt should go here.

In recent months, however, Windows Server upgrades have not been without faults, with Microsoft needing to fix a number of issues created by the January 2021 Patch Tuesday releases.

The business released an emergency out-of-band (OOB) update to fix bugs that caused domain controllers to reboot indefinitely, damaged Hyper-V, and rendered ReFS volumes inaccessible while they were still appearing as RAW file systems.

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