SharePoint 2019 Preview

SharePoint 2019 Preview is available for download:


Lets start from minimal software and hardware requirements:


Hardware requirements are the same as for SharePoint 2016:

Scenario RAM Processor HDD
Development 12-16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 180 GB (80 GB for system + 100 GB for data)
Pilot, UAT (User Acceptance Test) 16-24 GB


SharePoint Server 2019 can be installed on Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.

SQL Server 2016 or SQL Server 2017 is required for SharePoint Server 2019. Needless to say it's must SQL Server for Windows. SQL Server for linux not supported.

Сomparison of software requirements for SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019

Requirement SharePoint 2016 SharePoint 2019
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2019
SQL Server 2014 SP1
SQL Server 2016
SQL Server 2017

It's easy to upgrade your SharePoint instance if you keep your environment up to date.

Prerequisite Installer

Same as in previous versions SharePoint 2019 contains prerequisiteinstaller.exe tool which installs required software if it has not been installed yet

Serial Key

For SharePoint 2019 Preview you can use the following serial key to install an instance:


The following key is for Project trial:


Language Pack

If you need a language pack for SharePoint 2019 Preview you can download it here: Language Packs for SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview.


Download image of SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview, mount it and launch the SharePoint Server 2019 Start page:

SharePoint Server 2019 Start page

Start Microsoft SharePoint 2019 Products Preparation Tool to install required software:

 SharePoint 2019 Products Preparation Tool

The next steps are: installing SharePoint 2019, SharePoint Configuration Wizard. These steps are absolutly the same as SharePoint 2016:

SharePoint Configuration Wizard

SharePoint 17?

SharePoint 2013 is version 15.*, SharePoint 2016 - version 16.*,... SharePoint 2019 - still 16.*. No new 17 folder under Web Server Extensions one.

SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2019 have the same major version of their assemblies.

Central Administration

New SharePoint 2019 Central Administration:

SharePoint Configuration Wizard

Old SharePoint 2016 Central Administration:

SharePoint Configuration Wizard

Hybrid Configuration Wizard

Link to Hybrid configuration wizard now available in Central Administration:

SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard


SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview

SharePoint Server 2019 Quick Start Guide

Install SharePoint Servers 2016 and 2019 Public Preview

Welcome to SharePoint Server 2019, a modern platform for choice and flexibility

To be continued

However there are a lot of new features in SharePoint 2019. In future posts I'll show you many interesting features and how you can use them.