Microsoft is incorporating the Linux ‘sudo’ feature into Windows Server 2025, offering administrators a new way to elevate privileges for console applications. The ‘sudo’ command, commonly used in Linux, allows low-privileged users to execute commands with elevated privileges, enhancing security by enabling normal server operations under low-privileged accounts while permitting privilege elevation for specific commands. The leaked Windows Server 2025 Insider preview build reveals early development of the ‘sudo’ settings, including options to run applications ‘In a new window,’ ‘With input disabled,’ and ‘Inline.’ Although currently not functional from the command line, these settings provide insights into the potential integration of ‘sudo’ in Windows Server 2025.
The leaked version, reported by Windows Latest, introduces new features and settings related to a Windows ‘sudo’ command, accessible after enabling developer mode. While the ‘sudo’ command is not yet operational from the command line in this leaked version, the provided settings offer clues about its functionality, allowing applications to run in different modes, including ‘In a new window,’ ‘With input disabled,’ and ‘Inline.’ While the integration of such a feature into Windows Server 2025 suggests Microsoft’s commitment to enhancing administrative tools and command execution, it remains to be seen how this functionality will be further developed and whether it might extend to Windows 11 in the future.
The introduction of the ‘sudo’ feature into Windows Server 2025 demonstrates Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to bridge functionalities between Linux and Windows in server environments. While the leaked build is still in its early stages, the potential benefits of ‘sudo’ include streamlined command execution for administrative tools, especially those requiring elevated privileges. As Microsoft commonly tests new features in preview builds, it remains to be seen if ‘sudo’ will be integrated into the production builds and if similar features might be introduced in Windows 11, showcasing the evolving landscape of cross-platform functionality within Microsoft’s operating systems.