Hello! Today we’ll look at a new server management tool. Windows Admin Center. I’ll tell you what kind of tool it is, what functionality it has, show how to install Windows Admin Center on the Windows 10 operating system, and also how to connect the server that we want to manage.
What is Windows Admin Center?
Windows Admin Center (WAC) Is a browser-based remote server management tool. It provides full server management functionality, as well as familiar tools Server Manager and MMC Console. For example, using it you can:
- Install and remove server roles and components;
- Manage users (add, delete and so on);
- Manage processes (something of a kind of remote Task Manager);
- Manage updates
- Manage network adapters
- Manage services
- Connect to the registry;
- Manage files and directories (we can say WAC has a remote file manager);
- And other server management functionality.
Windows Admin Center System Requirements and Limitations
Windows Admin Center can be installed on the following Windows operating systems:
Using the Windows Admin Center, you can manage not all Windows operating systems, but only those listed below:
- Windows 10 (1709 or later);
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (limited opportunities);
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2019
over, in the case of Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2, in order to manage servers based on these operating systems, it is required that the Windows Management Framework (WMF) version 5.1 or later be installed on these servers.
It is also worth noting that installing Windows Admin Center on a domain controller is not supported.
In addition, you cannot use Internet Explorer to work with Windows Admin Center, because it is not supported, Microsoft recommends using modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.
Windows Admin Center Deployment Options
There are several deployment options for Windows Admin Center.
1. Local client
It means installation on a client running Windows 10. In other words, you install Windows Admin Center on your working client computer and manage the servers, i.e. nothing needs to be installed and configured on servers, everything comes from the client.
This is the deployment option for Windows Admin Center that will be discussed later in this article.
2. Gateway server
In this case, Windows Admin Center is installed on the server, which will act as a gateway and will be accessible from anywhere, i.e. in order to manage the servers, on the client computer you launch a browser, enter the WAC gateway address and manage all available servers. Microsoft recommends using this option for large-scale scenarios.
3. Managed server
This option involves installing on a server that you want to directly manage.
4. Failover Cluster
It is installed in a failover cluster to provide a high level of availability of the gateway service.
Install Windows Admin Center on Windows 10
Now I will show how to install Windows Admin Center on Windows 10.
Step 1. Download Windows Admin Center
The first thing we need to do is, of course, download the Windows Admin Center, this can be done from the Microsoft website from the page dedicated to the Windows Admin Center, here it is. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud- platform / windows-admin-center
Go to the page and click “Download”.
As a result, you should download the package WindowsAdminCenter1809.51.msi approximately 63 megabytes in size.
Step 2. Launching the installation and accepting the terms of the license agreement
After the installer is downloaded, run it.
First, we accept the terms of the license agreement, i.e. put a tick, click “Further”.
Step 3. Choosing an Update Method
Then you need to choose the method of updating Windows Admin Center, if you want the WAC to be updated using Windows Update, then select the corresponding item, if not, then, accordingly, another item. Push “Further”.
Step 4. Setup Setup
Now we can configure several installation parameters, first click “Further”.
Then, if you want, you can change the port to connect to the Windows Admin Center, port 6516 is configured by default. Also here you can set a parameter that would allow Windows Admin Center to change the settings of trusted nodes of the current computer.
If you want to create a shortcut on your desktop to quickly launch WAC, then here you can also put a checkmark.
To start the installation, click “Install”.
Step 5. Finish Installing Windows Admin Center
Installing Windows Admin Center will take very little time, when this process is completed, click Done. In order to immediately launch WAC, you can check “Open Windows Admin Center”.
Adding a server connection to Windows Admin Center
We start the Windows Admin Center, for this in the browser go to the address https: // localhost: 6516 / (for example, if you did not check the box at the stage of completing the installation of WAC), i.e. WAC on the client is available at this local address.
When you first start Windows Admin Center, you must select the automatically generated certificate (validity of such certificates is 60 days), click OK.
After that, Windows Admin Center will start, and the welcome window will appear, click Skip Review (if you want, you can see by clicking on the button)
As a result, the Windows Admin Center interface opens. By the way, by default, a local computer will be added, which can also be controlled using the Windows Admin Center.
In order to add the server that you want to manage, click on the button Add.
Then select the item “Add server connection”.
Next, enter the server address. For example, I’ll add a connection to a server based on Windows Server 2019, you can see how to install Windows Server 2019 in my article. “Windows Server 2019. Installing a Free Trial Version”.
Also enter the server administrator credentials.
Push “Send with credentials”.
As a result, the server will be connected to the Windows Admin Center and will be displayed in the list of computers.
If you click on the selected server, the server management tools will open. Each tab corresponds to a specific set of tools. Tab “Overview”, which opens by default, general information about the server is available, as well as functionality that allows, for example, rebooting the server, shutting it down or changing the computer identifier (for example, enter a computer into a domain)
instruction for installing Windows Admin Center on Windows 10
That’s all for me, I hope the material was useful to you, bye!