Project Honolulu is now Windows Admin Center and GA!

Earlier we explored using Project Honolulu  and Installing Project Honolulu during its preview phase. Project Honolulu is now generally available and it has been rebranded as “Windows Admin Center”.

Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center, as a re-imagined Windows Server management experience. Windows Admin Center is intended to replace and or supplement the various MMC snap-in tools that an administrator use to do day-to-day activities. Windows Admin Center can be installed on a Windows 10 system, or on a Windows Server 2016 system or later.

Windows Admin Center supports managing Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, and later including the free Hyper-V editions of Windows Server remotely. If you need to manage Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 you will need to install WMF 5.1 on the target server. Windows Server 2016, 1709, and 2019 Preview do not require any additional add-ins to be managed. Windows Admin Center leverages PowerShell and WMI primarily to perform its’ magic and no additional agents are required. It has no dependencies on Azure or any cloud services. Lastly, Windows Admin Center is quick to install, it does not require IIS or a SQL installation to get started. Currently it is supported on Microsoft’s Edge browser and Google’s Chrome browser.

The best part is that it is web browser based, has no additional cost, and has some functionality that is not available via MMC admin snap-ins or System Center out of the box.

Download Windows Admin Center Now.


In-Place upgrade Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2019 Preview! Maybe?

In this session we will be attempting to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center to Windows Server 2019 Data Center.

Note that the release notes mention Windows Server 2019 R2  for an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2012 R2. We will explore if this is a misprint or if there are already plans for a Windows Server 2019 R2 release giving that Windows Server 2019 is not even out yet.

Lets Go!

Let me know your experiences as well in the comments.


Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17639 Released

A new Windows server 2019 build has been released for windows insiders for both the Long-Term-Servicing Channel (LTSC) branch and the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) release branch.

Today we will be exploring the installation of a brand new Windows Server 2019 LTSC Preview Build 17639.

In this session, we won’t be focusing on either of the (2) test scenarios or any specific new feature, purely installing and briefly going through the Server Manager experience from a roles and feature perspective.

You can use the following table to help you decide if to use the LTSC or SAC branches.

Long-Term Servicing Channel Semi-Annual Channel
Recommended scenarios                                           General purpose file servers, first and third-party workloads, traditional apps, infrastructure roles, software-defined Datacenter, and Hyper-converged infrastructure Containerized applications, container hosts, and application scenarios benefiting from faster innovation
New releases Every 2–3 years Every 6 months
Support 5 years of Mainstream support
+ 5 years of Extended support
18 months
Editions All available Windows Server editions Standard and Datacenter editions
Who can use All customers through all channels Software Assurance and cloud customers only
Installationoptions Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience Server Core for container host and image and Nano Server container image

There are (2) major areas that the windows insider team would like insiders to try out in this preview release and report back any issues:

  • In-Place OS Upgrade (from Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016)
  • Application Compatibility

New Features introduced in Server 2019

  • Cluster Sets
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard
  • Windows Defender Application Control
  • Failover cluster removing use of NTLM authentication
  • Shielded virtual machines – offline mode, VMConnect and Linux support
  • Encrypted Network in SDN
  • Performance History for Storage Spaces Direct in combination with Project Honolulu
  • Storage Migration Service
  • Storage Replica enhancements
  • Windows subsystem for Linux- Not called out in any of the announcements but something I noticed in this preview release

Read more about this announcement over on the Windows Blog.

Download Windows Server Insider Preview Builds