For more information about the images based on Windows Server, see Windows Server image details.

General information

OS version Image project Image family Built by Support stage1 License model
Windows Server 1909 windows-cloud windows-1909-core
windows-1909-core-for-containers
Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 1903 windows-cloud windows-1903-core
windows-1903-core-for-containers
Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 1809 windows-cloud windows-1809-core
windows-1809-core-for-containers
Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2019 windows-cloud windows-2019
windows-2019-for-containers
Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2019 Core windows-cloud windows-2019-core
windows-2019-core-for-containers
Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 1803 N/A N/A N/A EOL EOL
Windows Server 1709 N/A N/A N/A EOL EOL
Windows Server 2016 windows-cloud windows-2016 Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2016 Core windows-cloud windows-2016-core Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2012 R2 windows-cloud windows-2012-r2 Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core windows-cloud windows-2012-r2-core Google GA On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2012 N/A N/A N/A Via migration BYOL
Windows Server 2008 R22 (SP1 required) N/A N/A N/A EOL via migration On demand / BYOL
Windows Server 2008 N/A N/A N/A EOL via migration BYOL
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required) N/A N/A N/A EOL via migration BYOL

1Google Support typically coincides with Extended Support End Date. For information about the end of support (EOS) date for each of the operating systems in the table below, see the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.
2For information about Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 2008 R2, see Microsoft's Extended Security Updates Lifecycle FAQ.

Security features

OS version Shielded VM support
Windows Server 1909
Windows Server 1903
Windows Server 1809
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Core
Windows Server 1803
Windows Server 1709
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Core
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required)
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required)

User space features

OS version Guest environment installed gcloud CLI installed OS Login supported
Windows Server 1909 N/A
Windows Server 1903 N/A
Windows Server 1809 N/A
Windows Server 2019 N/A
Windows Server 2019 Core N/A
Windows Server 1803 EOL N/A
Windows Server 1709 EOL N/A
Windows Server 2016 N/A
Windows Server 2016 Core N/A
Windows Server 2012 R2 N/A
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core N/A
Windows Server 2012 N/A
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required) N/A
Windows Server 2008 EOL N/A
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required) EOL N/A

Compute optimization

OS version GPUs supported
Windows Server 1909
Windows Server 1903
Windows Server 1809
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Core
Windows Server 1803
Windows Server 1709
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Core
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required) 1
Windows Server 2008 1
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required) 1

1v100 GPUs not supported.

Import

OS version Import disk Import virtual appliance Import machine image Migrate for Compute Engine
Windows Server 1909 1
Windows Server 1903 1 1 1 1
Windows Server 1809 1 1 1 1
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Core
Windows Server 1803 1 1 1 1
Windows Server 1709 1 1 1 1
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Core
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
Windows Server 2012 2
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required) 3
Windows Server 2008 4
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required) 5 5 5 6

1Not tested by Google.
2VSS not supported.
3Supported with deprecated Python agent.
464-bit supported, 32 bit only supported for offline migration with manual adaptions.
5Self-import is available.
6Only supported for offline migration with manual adaptions.

Networking

OS version Google Virtual NIC (gVNIC) supported Multiple network interfaces supported
Windows Server 1909
Windows Server 1903
Windows Server 1809
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Core
Windows Server 1803
Windows Server 1709
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Core
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required)
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required)

Storage

OS version NVMe supported1 VSS agent
Windows Server 1909
Windows Server 1903
Windows Server 1809
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Core
Windows Server 1803 2 2
Windows Server 1709 2 2
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Core
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required)
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required)

1Google provides NVMe drivers for 64-bit Windows images, but not for 32-bit Windows images.
2Image is past its end of support (EOS) date.

OS Config

OS version OS Config agent installed OS inventory supported OS configuration supported OS patch supported
Windows Server 1909
Windows Server 1903
Windows Server 1809
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 Core
Windows Server 1803
Windows Server 1709
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Core
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Core
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 required)
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2003 (R2 optional, SP2 required)