September 24, 2022

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Windows Server 2022 now supports WSL2 Linux distribution

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Windows Server 2022 now supports WSL2 Linux distribution



Windows Server 2022 now supports WSL2 Linux distribution.

Microsoft has announced that it is now possible to run WSL2-based Linux distributions in Windows Server 2022.

The change comes with the latest cumulative release, which brings the OS build number to 20348.740, and while the change isn’t mentioned in the official changelog, Microsoft’s Craig Loewen has confirmed support for WSL2 in a GitHub comment. , which is in response to ongoing concerns about the lack of support for it in Windows Server 2022.

WSL2 (short for Windows Subsystem for Linux 2) was first announced in May 2019, and it first appeared in Windows 10 in version 2004, released in the first half of 2020.

At the time, Microsoft also supported Windows Server through semi-annual updates, just like Windows 10, only channel users running Windows Server’s semi-annual update frequency could get support for WSL2, so if you’re using Windows Server 2019, don’t Too lucky.

Last year, Microsoft discontinued the Windows Server semi-annual channel, returning to major releases such as Windows Server 2022.

However, just like Windows Server 2019, this new release still doesn’t include support for WSL2. Now, almost a year later, it’s finally here.

With WSL2, Microsoft started running a full Linux kernel alongside Windows, which made system calls fully compatible.

The performance of Linux distros is significantly better than that of distros based on the original version of WSL. Right now, Linux runs in a kind of virtual machine (VM), but it’s designed to be a lighter, more native-feeling experience than a traditional VM.

If you’re running Windows Server 2022 and you want to use the WSL2 Linux distribution, you can get the latest update from Windows Update (needs to manually look for it), or you can download it here:

https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB5014021

If you’re in no rush, this change will be included in the next “Patch Tuesday” update, which arrives on June 14.



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