Windows Admin Center
Applies to: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview
Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing Windows servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, as well as Windows 10 PCs. It comes at no additional cost beyond Windows and is ready to use in production.
To find out what's new, see Release history.
Download Windows Admin Center from the Microsoft Evaluation Center. Even though it says “Start your evaluation”, this is the generally available version for production use.
You can update non-preview versions of Windows Admin Center by using Microsoft Update or by manually downloading and installing Windows Admin Center. Each non-preview version of Windows Admin Center is supported until 30 days after the next non-preview version is released. See our support policy for more info.
Windows Admin Center scenarios
Here are a few things you can use Windows Admin Center for:
Simplify server management Manage your servers and clusters with modernized versions of familiar tools such as Server Manager. Install in under five minutes and manage servers in your environment immediately, no additional configuration required. For details, see What is Windows Admin Center?.
Work with hybrid solutions Integration with Azure helps you optionally connect your on-premises servers with relevant cloud services. For details, see Azure hybrid services
Streamline hyperconverged management Streamline management of Azure Stack HCI or Windows Server hyperconverged clusters. Use simplified workloads to create and manage VMs, Storage Spaces Direct volumes, Software-Defined Networking and more. For details, see Manage Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with Windows Admin Center
Here's a video to give you an overview, followed by a poster giving more details:
Contents at a glance
Connect to Azure
Here are some videos from Microsoft Ignite 2019 sessions:
- Windows Admin Center: Unlock Azure Hybrid value
- Windows Admin Center: What’s new and what’s next
- Automatically monitor, secure and update your on-premises servers from Azure with Windows Admin Center
- Get more done with Windows Admin Center third-party extensions
- Be a Windows Admin Center expert: Best practices for deployment, configuration, and security
- Windows Admin Center: Better together with System Center and Microsoft Azure
- How to use Microsoft Azure hybrid services together with Windows Admin Center and Windows Server
- Live Q&A: Manage your hybrid server environment with Windows Admin Center
- Learning Path: Hybrid management technologies
- Hands on Lab: Windows Admin Center and Hybrid
Here are some videos from Windows Server Summit 2019 sessions:
And here are a few additional resources:
- Windows Admin Center server management reimagined
- Manage Servers and Virtual Machines Anywhere with Windows Admin Center
- How to get started with Windows Admin Center
See how customers are benefitting from Windows Admin Center
|"[Windows Admin Center] has decreased our time/effort in managing the management system by over 75%."
- Rand Morimoto, President, Convergent Computing
|"Thanks to [Windows Admin Center], we can manage our customers remotely from HTML5 portal without problem and with the full integration with Azure Active Directory, we are able to increase the security thanks to the Multi-Factor Authentication."
- Silvio Di Benedetto, Founder and Senior Consultant, Inside Technologies
|“We have been able to deploy [Server Core] SKUs in a more effective way, improving resource efficiency, security and automation while still achieving a good degree of productivity and reducing errors that can happen when relying on scripting only.”
- Guglielmo Mengora, Founder and CEO, VaiSulWeb
|“With [Windows Admin Center] customers especially in the SMB market now have an easy to use tool to manage their internal infrastructure. This minimizes administrative efforts and saves a lot of time. And the best of it: there are no additional license fees for [Windows Admin Center]!”
- Helmut Otto, Managing Director, SecureGUARD
Windows Admin Center is designed for managing a single server or cluster. It complements but does not replace existing Microsoft monitoring and management solutions, such as Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), System Center, Intune, or Azure Stack.