What is Windows Admin Center ?

Windows Admin Center is the browser based tool to manage & monitor all your windows server directly from the single pane of glass. Windows admin center is newly announced with the windows server 2019. In this post we will see What is Windows Admin Center & How it works.

So first let’s learn a bit about windows admin center.

Windows Admin Center is a new, locally-deployed, browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Windows Admin Center gives you full control over all aspects of your server infrastructure and is particularly useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet.

Windows Admin Center is the modern evolution of “in-box” management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. It complements System Center – it’s not a replacement. So you can simply use windows admin center with your other tools such as system center.

So how windows admin center works:

Windows Admin Center runs in a web browser and can manage Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Azure Stack HCI and more through the Windows Admin Center gateway installed on Windows Server or domain-joined Windows 10. The gateway manages servers by using Remote PowerShell and WMI over WinRM. The gateway is included with Windows Admin Center in a single lightweight .msi package that you can download.

The Windows Admin Center gateway, when published to DNS and given access through corresponding corporate firewalls, lets you securely connect to, and manage, your servers from anywhere with Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

Below is the architecture diagram of the Windows Admin Center working:

What is Windows Admin Center
Image Credit: Microsoft Blogs.

Windows Admin Center does not require any IIS or SQL server for installation. It can be directly installed in the supported windows servers. Windows Admin Center also does not require any agent installation to monitor & manage servers. To manage windows server 2012 R2, 2012 & 2008 R2 you must have installed WMF 5.1 (Windows Management Framework) in your windows server.

Windows Admin Center can be installed on:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016

Windows Admin Center can monitor & manage below servers:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Below is the screenshot take from the Microsoft blogs where you can see core functionality of the Windows Admin Center.
You can perform lot many operations in your windows server using windows admin center. windows admin center provides you all the functionality at single page where you can perform your configuration, maintenance & troubleshooting of your windows servers.

Functionality you are seeing below in the image are called the extensions in Windows Admin Center. You can always Install, Uninstall & Update extensions based on your requirements.

Windows admin center is not limited to windows server on premises but it also supports some of the Azure functionality, Which you can see from the below image.

What is Windows Admin Center
Image Credit: Microsoft Blogs.

Once you install the Windows Admin Center in your environment, than you just have to add servers which you want to manage using Windows Admin Center. You can add individual windows servers, Import the list of windows servers & you can also add your windows server by searching into Active Directory.

Below is the screenshot of Windows server management in Windows Admin Center.

What is Windows Admin Center

You can see that front page is Overview page where you will get all the details about your windows server.
Left side is the navigator section from where you can select which functionality you want to perform on your windows server.

Below is the screenshot of Service management using Windows Admin Center:

What is Windows Admin Center

You can see from above image that we have selected services from the navigator section. Now here you will get all the services of your windows server. Once you select the service it’s details will be shown below.

You can also perform tasks like start, pause & restart of service using windows admin center.

That’s all about the Windows Admin Center. There are still many more things in Windows Admin Center which can be done. There will be more features as well in the next update of windows admin center. If you want to know more about the Windows Admin Center you can checkout Microsoft portal for the same.

Windows Admin Center does not require any license or any cost for installation & management of your windows servers other than you must have your windows server licensed.

Note: We have taken details from the Microsoft Portal, It may change in future according to newer releases.

Checkout our post on How to install Windows Server 2019 Step by Step ?

In the next post we will see on How to Install Windows Admin Center in Windows Server 2019 step by step.

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