Getting started

Join the Windows Insider Programme and help shape the future of Windows Server. It's as easy as 1. Register, 2. Install, 3. Engage.

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1. Register

Join the Windows Insider Programme using your personal account or your organisation account.

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2. Install

Install Windows Server Insider Preview builds.

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3. Engage

Give us your feedback via the Feedback Hub and join our tech community.

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1. Register

You have two registration options:

  1. Register your organisation account (recommended)
    Registering in the Windows Insider Programme with your organisation account in Azure Active Directory (AAD) lets you and your colleagues submit feedback on behalf of your organisation and help shape Windows to meet your specific business needs. Registering with your organisation account requires Windows 10 Version 1703 or later. If you do not have an AAD account, find out how to get an Azure Active Directory tenant.
REGISTER YOUR ORGANISATION ACCOUNT
  1. Register your personal account
    Use the same account that you use for other Microsoft services. If you don't have a Microsoft account, it is easy to get one. Get a Microsoft account.
REGISTER YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT

2. Install

Once you are registered, go to the Windows Server Insider Preview page and download the current build. Matching debugging symbols are also provided. Windows Server builds are made available for you to download and install at your discretion. Microsoft will not automatically install newer builds on your servers. Containers are available via Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, please visit Windows Containers Documentation.

When new builds are available, announcements will be posted in the Windows Insider Programme blog, the the Windows Server blog, Windows Server Insiders forum and the announcements section of the Feedback Hub App1.

INSTALL WINDOWS SERVER INSIDER PREVIEW AND TOOLS

3. Engage

Provide feedback using the Feedback Hub App1. Select the Server category and appropriate Subcategory for your feedback. Add attachments as appropriate. Make sure that you include the build number that you are providing feedback on. When you register with your AAD account, you can also search in the Hub to see feedback from other Insiders in your organisation. Feedback per organisation is only viewable by Microsoft and the users registered under your company's domain in AAD. Find out how to provide constructive feedback.

Engage with the Windows Server Insider Tech Community to deepen your connections with the IT Pro community, collaborate and learn from experts and more quickly resolve critical issues.

FEEDBACK HUB
WINDOWS SERVER INSIDER TECH COMMUNITY

Resources

Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Overview

Windows Containers (operating system level virtualization that allows multiple isolated applications to be run on a single system)

Options for remote administration of Windows Server

Windows Server home page

  1. To use this link, make sure that you have administrator rights to your machine and that it has the latest Windows updates.