Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI
Initial releaseAzure Stack HCI, version 20H2
(10 December 2020)
Latest releaseAzure Stack HCI, version 23H2
(1 February 2024)
Supported platformsAMD64

Azure Stack HCI is a series of Windows Server-based operating systems, initially released in December 2020 after being announced on 21 July 2020.[1] It is a modified version of the Windows Server core edition intended for hyperconverged infrastructure integration with the Microsoft Azure cloud service.[1] It replaces the free Hyper-V Server SKU that was available in previous versions of Windows Server prior to Windows Server 2022.

Servicing model[edit | edit source]

Azure Stack HCI uses an update model similar to Windows as a service, where Microsoft would release feature updates to the operating system after a yearly development cycle. Updates are delivered to the operating system on a monthly cadence.[2]

List of feature updates[edit | edit source]

Name Version Based on Release date Notes
Azure Stack HCI, version 20H2 20H2 Windows Server 2019 2020-12-10 Initial release
Azure Stack HCI, version 21H2 21H2 Windows Server 2022 2021-10-12 Upgrade based on Iron codebase
Azure Stack HCI, version 22H2 22H2 2022-10-12 Cumulative update
Azure Stack HCI, version 23H2 23H2 Windows Server Annual Channel, version 23H2 2024-02-01 Upgrade based on Zinc codebase
Old version
Older version, still supported
Current stable version
Latest preview version
Future release

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alqinawi, Tanur. Deliver hybrid cloud capabilities with the next generation of Azure Stack HCI, Microsoft Azure Blog. 21 July 2020.
  2. Microsoft. Updates and upgrades - Azure Stack HCI. 21 July 2020.