What type of installation is right for you?

Applies To: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview

Supported operating systems: Installation

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

Version Installation Type
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) or newer Desktop mode
Windows Server 2019 (Insider Preview) Gateway mode
Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Gateway mode
Windows Server 2016 Gateway mode

Desktop installation: Connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from the same computer on which it's installed (i.e. https://localhost:[port])

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


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 use Windows Admin Center to manage the following Windows operating systems:

Version Managed node via Server Manager Managed cluster via Failover Cluster Mgr Managed HCI cluster via HCI Cluster Mgr (preview)
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) or newer Yes (via Computer Management) N/A N/A
Windows Server 2019 (Insider Preview) Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Yes Yes No
Windows Server 2016 Yes Yes Yes, with latest cumulative update
Windows 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 Server 2008 R2 management is only supported in Windows Admin Center Preview


Windows Admin Center requires PowerShell features that are not included in Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2. If you will manage Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, or 2012 R2 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

Diagram of Windows 10 desktop installation Diagram of managed server installation Diagram of designated gateway server installation Diagram of high availability deployment
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 directly on a managed server for the purpose of managing itself or a cluster in which it's a member node. Install on a designated gateway server and access from any client browser with connectivity to the gateway server. 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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