Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI
Initial releaseAzure Stack HCI, version 20H2
(10 December 2020)
Latest releaseAzure Stack HCI, version 22H2
(12 October 2022)
Latest previewAzure Stack HCI, version 23H2 build 25398.345)
(8 August 2023)
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
Azure Stack HCI, version 22H2 22H2 2022-10-12 Cumulative update based on version 21H2 codebase
Azure Stack HCI, version 23H2 23H2 Zinc TBA Does not have an official server counterpart
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.