Prepare your environment for Windows Admin Center

Applies To: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview

There are some Server versions that need additional preparation before they are ready to manage with Windows Admin Center:

Prepare Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

Install WMF version 5.1 or higher

Windows Admin Center requires PowerShell features that are not included by default in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. To manage Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 with Windows Admin Center, you will need to install WMF version 5.1 or higher on those servers.

Type $PSVersiontable in PowerShell to verify that WMF is installed, and that the version is 5.1 or higher.

If it is not installed, you can download and install WMF 5.1.

Prepare Windows Server 2008 R2

Note

Management for Windows Server 2008 R2 is only supported on Windows Admin Center Preview

Install WMF version 5.1 or higher

Windows Admin Center requires PowerShell features that are not included by default in Windows Server 2008 R2. To manage Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows Admin Center, you will need to install WMF version 5.1 or higher on those servers.

Windows Server 2008 R2 has PowerShell version 2.0 by default. To update from 2.0, you must:

  1. Install .NET Framework 4.5.2 or later before updating Powershell.
  2. Install Windows Management Framework (WMF) 3.0, restart server if required.
  3. Install Windows Management Framework (WMF) 4.0, restart server if required.
  4. Install Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1, restart server if required.

Type $PSVersiontable in PowerShell to verify that WMF is installed, and that the version is 5.1 or higher.

Run Enable-PSRemoting –force in a PowerShell console to enable Powershell remote connection.

Enable Remote Desktop

To use Remote Desktop within Windows Admin Center, you will need to enable Remote Desktop on your Windows Server 2008 R2 server.

From Server Manager, go to Configure Remote Desktop. Enable Remote Desktop to "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop."

Prepare Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

To manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 with Windows Admin Center, there are some Server roles you'll need to enable before you can do so.

To manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 with Windows Admin Center:

  1. Enable Remote Management.
  2. Enable File Server Role.
  3. Enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell.

Step 1: Enable Remote Management

To enable remote management in Hyper-V Server:

  1. Log into Hyper-V Server.
  2. At the Server Configuration (SCONFIG) tool, type 4 to configure remote management.
  3. Type 1 to enable Remote Management.
  4. Type 4 to return to the main menu.

Step 2: Enable File Server Role

To enable File Server Role for basic file sharing and remote management:

  1. Click Roles and Features in the Tools menu.
  2. In Roles and Features, find File and Storage Services, and check File and iSCSI Services and File Server:

Step 3: Enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell

To enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell features:

  1. Click Roles and Features in the Tools menu.
  2. In Roles and Features, find Remote Server Administration Tools and check Role Administration Tools and Hyper-V Module for PowerShell:

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 is now ready for management with Windows Admin Center.

Prepare Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

To manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 with Windows Admin Center, there are some Server roles you'll need to enable before you can do so. In addition, you will need to install WMF version 5.1 or higher.

To manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 with Windows Admin Center:

  1. Install Windows Management Framework (WMF) version 5.1 or higher
  2. Enable Remote Management
  3. Enable File Server Role
  4. Enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell

Step 1: Install Windows Management Framework 5.1

Windows Admin Center requires PowerShell features that are not included by default in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. To manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 with Windows Admin Center, you will need to install WMF version 5.1 or higher.

Type $PSVersiontable in PowerShell to verify that WMF is installed, and that the version is 5.1 or higher.

If it is not installed, you can download WMF 5.1.

Step 2: Enable Remote Management

To enable Hyper-V Server remote management:

  1. Log into Hyper-V Server.
  2. At the Server Configuration (SCONFIG) tool, type 4 to configure remote management.
  3. Type 1 to enable remote management.
  4. Type 4 to return to the main menu.

Step 3: Enable File Server Role

To enable File Server Role for basic file sharing and remote management:

  1. Click Roles and Features in the Tools menu.
  2. In Roles and Features, find File and Storage Services and check File and iSCSI Services and File Server:

Step 4: Enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell

To enable Hyper-V Module for PowerShell features:

  1. Click Roles and Features in the Tools menu.
  2. In Roles and Features, find Remote Server Administration Tools and check Role Administration Tools and Hyper-V Module for PowerShell:

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is now ready for management with Windows Admin Center.

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