Recently, customers in an enterprise environment have asked if there is a way to install WSL without an internet connection. These companies had some machines that would benefit from having WSL, but don’t have an internet connection for security, logistics, or other reasons.
We’re REALLY excited about this announcement and think many of you will be too 😉
Update – May 2019 Windows 10 version 1903 has now been released and allows an important update to WSL that allows Windows applications and tools to access Linux files directly. To do this, WSL hosts a new P9 fileserver, which exposes distro filesystems to Windows apps and tools via \\wsl$\<DistroName>\!