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Coldfusion 2016 Supported on Windows Server 2019?

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Hi,

We are in the process of deciding whether to move to Windows Server 2016 or 2019.  We are on Coldfusion 2016 and intend to stay with it for a while.

Is CF 2016 supported on WIndows Server 2019, and if not, will it be?

Thanks,

Chris

Chris Cosart | Senior Developer/Analyst

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I realize you will want to hear from Adobe, but I suspect the answer to both is "no" (is not and will not be supported), given that support for it (Windows Server 2019) was added to CF2018 update 2 (in Feb 2019) and NOT to the CF2016 update 8/9 released also that month. See this blog post that announced both, the same day:

ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 2, ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 8, and ColdFusion 11 Update 16 released - ColdFusio…

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Coldfusion 2016 Supported on Windows Server 2019?

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Hi,

We are in the process of deciding whether to move to Windows Server 2016 or 2019.  We are on Coldfusion 2016 and intend to stay with it for a while.

Is CF 2016 supported on WIndows Server 2019, and if not, will it be?

Thanks,

Chris

Chris Cosart | Senior Developer/Analyst

Center for Community College Student Engagement

Program in Higher Education Leadership

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

College of Education

The University of Texas at Austin

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Charlie Arehart | Adobe Community Professional

I realize you will want to hear from Adobe, but I suspect the answer to both is "no" (is not and will not be supported), given that support for it (Windows Server 2019) was added to CF2018 update 2 (in Feb 2019) and NOT to the CF2016 update 8/9 released also that month. See this blog post that announced both, the same day:

ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 2, ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 8, and ColdFusion 11 Update 16 released - ColdFusio…

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I realize you will want to hear from Adobe, but I suspect the answer to both is "no" (is not and will not be supported), given that support for it (Windows Server 2019) was added to CF2018 update 2 (in Feb 2019) and NOT to the CF2016 update 8/9 released also that month. See this blog post that announced both, the same day:

ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 2, ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 8, and ColdFusion 11 Update 16 ...

/Charlie (server troubleshooter, carehart.org)

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Thanks! I suspect you are correct.

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Would you be open to marking that answer as correct, to help other readers, at least until we may hear differently from Adobe? What is marked "correct" can be changed.

/Charlie (server troubleshooter, carehart.org)

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As an update on all this, in July 2020, I will note first that I am not aware of any change regarding cf2016 support of windows 2019. It still seems to be an officially "unsupported" configuration. But might it work for you? Yes, with some caveats. More below.

 

Again, cf2018 DID add support (by way of a new installer) with its update 2, in Feb 2019. But as for cf2016, since writing here last, I still have never seen an updated installer (for windows 2019), and it's still not listed in the support matrix for cf2016 (while it IS listed in the cf2018 support matrix).
 
All that said, does this mean one CANNOT install cf2016 on Windows 2019? No. It means only that it's not SUPPORTED by Adobe. (Heck, cf11 and earlier are no longer "supported" but people still run those--at their own risk.)
 
And FWIW, I can confirm I HAVE installed CF2016 on Windows 2019, and it worked for me. And I know others who have done it. Of course, something may NOT work, and if so Adobe won't support you getting it working. (I may be able to help. CF and server troubleshooting is what I do.)

 

But do be sure to use the cf2016 installer which had been created in 2017 (to support then windows 2016 and iis 10, which had NOT been supported by the ORIGINAL cf2016 installer). Since windows 2019 runs iis 10 also, you need THAT support.

 

The way to know which cf2016 installer is which is to look at the properties for the cf2016 installer exe, then its "details" tab. If that reports a "file version" of 18.0.0.0 (which is about the installanywhere version), that's the newer (2017) installer for cf2016 that you should use. The installers from 2016 (there were two: the second one removed the api mgr to its own installer, among other things) have version 17.0.0. 0, and you would NOT want to try to use those with windows 2019, since they'd lack iis 10 support

 

One other thing: if you ever UPDATE an old Windows version to a new version, with cf installed, often that will continue to "work"--even if the installer might have failed. But if that older cf version (you leave installed) doesn't support the newer iis version, then you will find you won't be able to run the cf wsconfig tool to make any modifications to the cf/iis connector.
 
Lots to consider there, I know. I should create a blog post on it, and plan to. But barring any more or new info from Adobe or others, I hope that's helpful. 

/Charlie (server troubleshooter, carehart.org)

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