Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 type distributions are now fully compatible with Windows Server 2022.

Released in May 2019, WSL 2 is a compatibility layer that allows Windows Server users to run Linux binary executables (in ELF format) natively, using virtualization technology to run an open source Linux kernel at the same time. time inside a lightweight utility virtual machine. (VM), without using a separate Linux distribution.

Windows originally teased WSL support for its server users in May 2022, but it was only available to those who downloaded the Windows Server 2022 optional update KB5014021 (Opens in a new tab) (Opens in a tab new).

(*2*)Do I want to start?

To get the update, users need to click “Check for Updates” on their Windows Server machine to update to the latest version and you will get support for WSL 2 distributions.

To ensure you have the correct update, you should verify that the latest KB 5014678 update (Opens in a new tab) is installed.

If you're already a Windows Server user and want to get started with WSl for the first time, you can check out Microsoft's guide here (opens in a new tab).

But luckily for users, the process is simple and involves entering “WSL -install” at an administrator PowerShell or Windows command prompt and then rebooting your machine.

I have a problem?

Microsoft has urged all users experiencing technical difficulties to go to the WSL repository (opens in a new tab).

Alternatively, if you'd like to go the social media route, you can contact Craig Loewen Program Manager II, Windows Developer Platform on Twitter here (opens in a new tab), or any of the other WSL team members via from this list. (opens in a new tab)

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