What type of installation is right for you?

Applies To: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview

This topic describes the different installation options for Windows Admin Center, including installing on a Windows 10 PC or a Windows server for use by multiple admins. To install Windows Admin Center on a VM in Azure, see Deploy Windows Admin Center in Azure.

Supported operating systems: Installation

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

Version Installation mode
Windows 10, version 1709 or newer Desktop mode
Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Gateway mode
Windows Server 2016 Gateway mode
Windows Server 2019 Gateway mode

Desktop mode: Launch from the Start Menu and connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from the same computer on which it's installed (i.e. https://localhost:6516)

Gateway mode: Connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from a client browser on a different machine (i.e. https://servername.contoso.com)


Installing Windows Admin Center on a Domain controller is not supported. Read more about Domain controller security best practices.


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.

Supported operating systems: Management

You can manage the following Windows operating systems using Windows Admin Center:

Version Manage node via Server Manager Manage cluster via Failover Cluster Manager Manage HCI via HCI Cluster Manager
Windows 10, version 1709 or newer Yes (via Computer Management) N/A N/A
Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Yes Yes N/A
Windows Server 2019 Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server 2016 Yes Yes Yes, with latest cumulative update
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 Yes Yes N/A
Windows Server 2012 R2 Yes Yes N/A
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Yes Yes N/A
Windows Server 2012 Yes Yes N/A
Windows Server 2008 R2 Yes, limited functionality N/A N/A


Windows Admin Center requires PowerShell features that are not included in Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2. If you will manage these with Windows Admin Center, you will need to install Windows Management Framework (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 WMF is not installed, you can download WMF 5.1.

Deployment options

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Local Client Gateway Server Managed Server Failover Cluster
Install on a local Windows 10 client that has connectivity to the managed servers. Great for quick start, testing, ad-hoc or small scale scenarios. Install on a designated gateway server and access from any client browser with connectivity to the gateway server. Great for large-scale scenarios. Install directly on a managed server for the purpose of managing itself or a cluster in which it's a member node. Great for distributed scenarios. Deploy in a failover cluster to enable high availability of the gateway service. Great for production environments to ensure resiliency of your management service.

High availability

You can enable high availability of the gateway service by deploying Windows Admin Center in a active-passive model on a failover cluster. If one of the nodes in the cluster fails, Windows Admin Center gracefully fails over to another node, letting you continue managing the servers in your environment seamlessly.

Learn how to deploy Windows Admin Center with high availability.


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