Install Windows Admin Center

Applies To: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview

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Supported operating systems

You can install Windows Admin Center on the following Windows operating systems:

Version Installation Mode
Windows 10 (1709) Desktop mode
Windows Server, version 1709 Gateway mode
Windows Server 2016 Gateway mode

Desktop Mode: Connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from the same computer on which it's installed (for example, https://localhost:6516)

Gateway Mode: Connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from a client browser on a different machine (for example, https://servername)

Important

You can't use Internet Explorer to manage Windows Admin Center - instead you need to use a supported browser. If you are installing Windows Admin Center on Windows Server, we recommend managing by connecting remotely with Windows 10 and Edge. Alternatively, you can manage locally on Windows Server if you have installed a supported browser.

Install on Windows 10

When you install Windows Admin Center on Windows 10, it uses port 6516 by default, but you have the option to specify a different port. You can also create a desktop shortcut and let Windows Admin Center manage your TrustedHosts.

Note

Modifying TrustedHosts is required in a workgroup environment, or when using local administrator credentials in a domain. If you choose to forego this setting, you must configure TrustedHosts manually.

When you start Windows Admin Center from the Start menu, it opens in your default browser.

When you start Windows Admin Center for the first time, you'll see an icon in the notification area of your desktop. Right-click this icon and choose Open to open the tool in your default browser, or choose Exit to quit the background process.

Install on Windows Server with desktop experience

On Windows Server, Windows Admin Center is installed as a network service. You must specify the port that the service listens on, and it requires a certificate for HTTPS. The installer can create a self-signed certificate for testing, or you can provide the thumbprint of a certificate already installed on the computer. If you use the generated certificate, it will match the DNS name of the server. If you use your own certificate, make sure to specify the name provided in the certificate. You are also given the choice to create a desktop shortcut and let Windows Admin Center manage your TrustedHosts.

Note

Modifying TrustedHosts is required in a workgroup environment, or when using local administrator credentials in a domain. If you choose to forego this setting, you must configure TrustedHosts manually

If you install on Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience, you can create a desktop shortcut for all users in C:\Users\Public\Desktop.

Once the install is complete, start Windows Admin Center with the desktop shortcut, or open a browser and navigate to https://'name of server':'port specified in setup'.

Warning

Automatically generated certificates expire 60 days after installation.

Install on Server Core

If you have a Server Core installation of Windows Server, you can install Windows Admin Center from the command prompt (running as Administrator). Specify a port and SSL certificate by using the SME_PORT and SSL_CERTIFICATE_OPTION arguments respectively. If you're going to use an existing certificate, use the SME_THUMBPRINT to specify its thumbprint.

Warning

Automatically generated certificates expire 60 days after installation.

Run the following command to install Windows Admin Center and automatically generate a self-signed certificate:

msiexec /i <WindowsAdminCenterInstallerName>.msi /qn /L*v log.txt SME_PORT=<port> SSL_CERTIFICATE_OPTION=generate

Run the following command to install Windows Admin Center with an existing certificate:

msiexec /i <WindowsAdminCenterInstallerName>.msi /qn /L*v log.txt SME_PORT=<port> SME_THUMBPRINT=<thumbprint> SSL_CERTIFICATE_OPTION=installed

Warning

Don't invoke msiexec from PowerShell using dot-slash relative path notation (like, .\<WindowsAdminCenterInstallerName>.msi). That notation isn't supported, the installation will fail. Remove the .\ prefix or specify the full path to the MSI.

Update Windows Admin Center

If you already have a previous version Windows Admin Center (or Project 'Honolulu' Technical Preview) The installer will detect and preserve your previous settings.