Windows Server 2019: removed and deprecated features

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 7, 2019

Every new Windows 10 or Windows Server release makes changes to existing features. Some of these features are removed entirely from new versions of the operating systems, others may be deprecated.

Deprecation means that the feature remains available in the release but is not developed actively anymore. Microsoft may release security updates for it if it becomes necessary, but it won't release feature updates for deprecated products anymore.

Windows Server 2019 is no exception to the rule. Note that the list that follows is subject to change.

Windows Server 2019: removed and deprecated features

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The following features are removed in Windows Server 2019.

  • Distributable Scan Management (SCM), also known as Business Scanning -- removed because of a lack of devices that support the feature (Microsoft states none support it).
  • Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) -- used to interaction between iSNS servers and clients. Microsoft suggests to use Server Message Block (SMB 3.0) instead.

The following features change significantly

  • Print Components (Server Core) -- Microsoft enabled Print Components on Windows Server 2016 by default. In Windows Server 2019, Print Components are disabled by default in Server Core installations. Admins may install the component using the PowerShell cmdlet Install-WindowsFeature Print-Server.
  • Remote Desktop Connection Broker and Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (Server Core) -- these roles require Server with Desktop Experience in Windows Server 2019 to be consistent with the requirement of Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH).

Deprecated features in Windows Server 2019

The following features are deprecated in Windows Server 2019 (no longer developed):

  • Key Storage Drive in Hyper-V -- Generation 2 virtual machines with TPM devices offer a more secure solution. Microsoft.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) management console -- The information is available under Device Security in the Windows Defender Security Center.
  • Host Guardian Service Active Directory attestation mode -- Microsoft added a new simpler mode called host key attestation and compatible with Active Directory based attestation. This doc offers additional information.
  • OneSync service -- the Outlook application takes over the syncing of Mail, Calendar and People apps data.
  • Remote Differential Compression API support -- this enabled remote source data syncing with compression technologies. No Microsoft product uses the technology currently.
  • WFP lightweight filter switch extension -- allowed developers to create network packet filtering extensions for Hyper-V virtual switches. Microsoft recommends that administrators create full filtering extensions instead.

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  1. Jody Thornton said on March 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    So if RDC is being deprecated, then do I even need RDC on Windows Vista, 7, or 8x,? Does it improve my Internet connection?

    It was always recommended not to remove it in Add/Remove Features, or with Netsh (I think that was the utility)

    1. John Fenderson said on March 7, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      @Jody Thornton: “Does it improve my Internet connection?”

      RDC is used for remote desktop connections. If you aren’t sharing your desktop to be used from other locations, or if you are not using desktop on remote Windows machines, then you don’t need it at all.

      It does not improve your internet connection.

      (Note that there is a common naming confusion here: RDC is often referred to (even by Microsoft) as RDP. The difference is that RDP is a communications protocol for remote desktop sharing, and RDC is the Windows application that uses that protocol.

  2. 420 said on March 7, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I knew Remote Differential Compression was useless, lol.

  3. ghacks lurker #57965 said on March 7, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Speaking of servers, IIS Crypto 3.0 has been released!

    1. Darren said on March 7, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you for the heads-up, 57965!

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