Microsoft Unleashes its Windows Admin Center Revamp Ahead of Ignite

Microsoft has taken the wraps off its web-based administration tool, Windows Admin Center.

Windows Admin Center 1809 and the SDK are now generally available, and it now also supports Windows Server 2019.

Grab it from here: https://aka.ms/WindowsAdminCenter

As part of the announcement, the company has detailed a very long list of additions on its blog:

Windows Admin Center 1809 and SDK now generally available

Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs. Windows Admin Center is the replacement tool the old MMC.


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Windows Admin Center Insider Preview 1806 Released to Insiders

Microsoft, it seems, is building an Insider’s program for every little application. Unfortunately, the Insider program has reached levels of fatigue with customers and is losing favor.

The latest product is the Windows Admin Center. The tool is now part of the Windows Server Insiders program. Its a mixture between Windows Server Manager and the old Microsoft Management Console (MMC). It combines different management tasks into a very Windows 10-like interface.

Windows Admin Center Preview 1806 has been released to Windows Server Insiders.  But, unlike some of the other Insider-ized products, Windows Admin Center will accumulate previews until its ready to replace the current GA. Let’s hope that there’s enough (and the right type) Windows Server Insiders still interested in testing to ensure that the next GA release is solid.

The current GA release is Windows Admin Center 1804.25 (from April 2018).

Here’s the new features included in this latest preview release:

  • View/copy the PowerShell scripts that Windows Admin Center is using under the hood.
  • Manage Windows Server 2008 R2 connections with a limited set of tools
  • New tools to manage your Software Defined Network (SDN) in Hyper-Converged Cluster Manager
  • New Scheduled Tasks tool
  • Update notification dialog
  • Multiple extension feeds
  • Redirect web traffic from port 80
  • General improvements to: gateway settings page, notifications, connection tag editing experience, and extension management experience

 

To get access to the preview, you must be a Windows Insider and then the download will be available from here: Windows Insider Preview Downloads


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Microsoft Officially Renames Project Honolulu to Windows Admin Center

Microsoft today has updated its documentation for Project Honolulu to announce the official name of its browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs. The official name is Windows Admin Center.

Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu) is the future of server management. It’s a locally deployed, browser-based GUI management solution that lets IT administrators manage Windows servers, failover clusters, hyper-converged clusters and Windows 10 machines from a simplified and integrated UI experience.

 


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