Manage Servers with Windows Admin Center

Applies To: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview

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Managing Windows Server machines

You can add individual servers running Windows Server 2012 or later to Windows Admin Center to manage the server with a comprehensive set of tools including Certificates, Devices, Events, Processes, Roles and Features, Updates, Virtual Machines and more.

Server connection Overview screen

Adding a server to Windows Admin Center

To add a server to Windows Admin Center:

  1. Click + Add under All Connections.
  2. Choose to add a Server Connection.
  3. Type the name of the server and, if prompted, the credentials to use.
  4. Click Submit to finish.

The server will be added to your connection list on the Overview page. Click it to connect to the server.

Note

You can also add failover clusters or hyper-converged clusters as a separate connection in Windows Admin Center.

Tools

The following tools are available for server connections:

Tool Description
Overview View server details and control server state
Active Directory Manage Active Directory
Backup View and configure Azure Backup
Certificates View and modify certificates
Containers View Containers
Devices View and modify devices
DHCP View and manage DHCP server configuration
DNS View and manage DNS server configuration
Events View events
Files Browse files and folders
Firewall View and modify firewall rules
Installed Apps View and remove installed apps
Local Users and Groups View and modify local users and groups
Network View and modify network devices
PowerShell Interact with server via PowerShell
Processes View and modify running processes
Registry View and modify registry entries
Remote Desktop Interact with server via Remote Desktop
Roles and Features View and modify roles and features
Scheduled Tasks View and modify scheduled tasks
Services View and modify services
Settings View and modify services
Storage View and modify storage devices
Storage Migration Service Migrate servers and file shares to Azure or Windows Server 2019
Storage Replica Use Storage Replica to manage server-to-server storage replication
System Insights System Insights gives you increased insight into the functioning of your server.
Updates View installed and check for new updates
Virtual Machines View and manage virtual machines
Virtual Switches View and manage virtual switches

Overview

Overview allows you to see the current state of CPU, memory, and network performance, as well as perform operations and modify settings on a target computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Server Manager Overview:

  • View server details
  • View CPU activity
  • View memory activity
  • View network activity
  • Restart server
  • Shutdown server
  • Enable disk metrics on server
  • Edit Computer ID on server
  • View BMC IP address with hyperlink (requires IPMI-compatible BMC).

View feedback and proposed features for Server Overview.

Active Directory (Preview)

Active Directory is an early preview that is available on the extension feed.

Features

The following Active Directory management are available:

  • Create user
  • Create group
  • Search for users, computers, and groups
  • Details pane for users, computers, and groups when selected in grid
  • Global Grid actions users, computers, and groups (disable/enable, remove)
  • Reset user password
  • User objects: configure basic properties & group memberships
  • Computer objects: configure delegation to a single machine
  • Group objects: manage membership (add/remove 1 user at a time)

View feedback and proposed features for Active Directory.

Backup

Backup allows you to protect your Windows server from corruptions, attacks or disasters by backing up your server directly to Microsoft Azure. Learn more about Azure Backup.

Provide feedback for backup in Windows Admin Center

Features

The following features are supported in Backup:

  • View an overview of your Azure backup status
  • Configure backup items and schedule
  • Start or stop a backup job
  • View backup job history and status
  • View recovery points and recover data
  • Delete backup data

Certificates

Certificates allows you to manage certificate stores on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Certificates:

  • Browse and search existing certificates
  • View certificate details
  • Export certificates
  • Renew certificates
  • Request new certificates
  • Delete certificates

View feedback and proposed features for Certificates.

Containers

Containers allows you to view the containers on a Windows Server container host. In the case of a running Windows Server Core container, you can view the event logs and access the CLI of the container.

View feedback and proposed features for Containers.

Devices

Devices allows you to manage connected devices on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Devices:

  • Browse and search devices
  • View device details
  • Disable a device
  • Update driver on a device

View feedback and proposed features for Devices.

DHCP

DHCP allows you to manage connected devices on a computer or server.

Features

  • Create/configure/view IPV4 and IPV6 scopes
  • Create address exclusions and configure start and end IP address
  • Create address reservations and configure client MAC address (IPV4), DUID and IAID (IPV6)

View feedback and proposed features for DHCP.

DNS

DNS allows you to manage connected devices on a computer or server.

Features

  • View details of DNS Forward Lookup zones, Reverse Lookup zones and DNS records
  • Create forward Lookup zones (primary, secondary, or stub), and configure forward lookup zone properties
  • Create Host (A or AAAA), CNAME or MX type of DNS records
  • Configure DNS records properties
  • Create IPV4 and IPV6 Reverse Lookup zones (primary, secondary and stub), configure reverse lookup zone properties
  • Create PTR, CNAME type of DNS records under reverse lookup zone.

View feedback and proposed features for DHCP.

Events

Events allows you to manage event logs on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Events:

  • Browse and search events
  • View event details
  • Clear events from the log
  • Export events from the log

View feedback and proposed features for Events.

Files

Files allows you to manage files and folders on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Files:

  • Browse files and folders
  • Search for a file or folder
  • Create a new folder
  • Delete a file or folder
  • Download a file or folder
  • Upload a file or folder
  • Rename a file or folder
  • Extract a zip file
  • View file or folder properties
  • Manage File Server Resource Manager quotas
  • Add, edit, or remove file shares
  • Modify user and group permissions on file shares

View feedback and proposed features for Files.

Firewall

Firewall allows you to manage firewall settings and rules on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Firewall:

  • View an overview of firewall settings
  • View incoming firewall rules
  • View outgoing firewall rules
  • Search firewall rules
  • View firewall rule details
  • Create a new firewall rule
  • Enable or disable a firewall rule
  • Delete a firewall rule
  • Edit the properties of a firewall rule

View feedback and proposed features for Firewall.

Installed Apps

Installed Apps allows you to list and uninstall application that are installed.

View feedback and proposed features for Installed Apps.

Local Users and Groups

Local Users and Groups allows you to manage security groups and users that exist locally on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Local Users and Groups:

  • View and search users and groups
  • Create a new user or group
  • Manage a user's group membership
  • Delete a user or group
  • Change a user's password
  • Edit the properties of a user or group

View feedback and proposed features for Local User and Groups

Network

Network allows you to manage network devices and settings on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Network:

View feedback and proposed features for Network

PowerShell

PowerShell allows you to interact with a computer or server via a PowerShell session.

Features

The following features are supported in PowerShell:

  • Create an interactive PowerShell session on the server
  • Disconnect from PowerShell session on the server

View feedback and proposed features for PowerShell

Processes

Processes allows you to manage running processes on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Processes:

  • Browse and search for running processes
  • View process details
  • Start a process
  • End a process
  • Create a process dump
  • Find process handles

View feedback and proposed features for Processes.

Registry

Registry allows you to manage registry keys and values on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Registry:

  • Browse registry keys and values
  • Add or modify registry values
  • Delete registry values

View feedback and proposed features for Registry.

Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop allows you to interact with a computer or server via an interactive desktop session.

Features

The following features are supported in Remote Desktop:

  • Start an interactive remote desktop session
  • Disconnect from a remote desktop session
  • Send Ctrl+Alt+Del to a remote desktop session

View feedback and proposed features for Remote Desktop.

Roles and Features

Roles and Features allows you to manage roles and features on a server.

Features

The following features are supported in Roles and Features:

  • Browse list of roles and features on a server
  • View role or feature details
  • Install a role or feature
  • Remove a role or feature

View feedback and proposed features for Roles and Features.

Scheduled Tasks

Scheduled Tasks allows you to manage scheduled tasks on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Scheduled Tasks:

  • Browse the task scheduler library
  • Edit scheduled tasks
  • Enable & Disable scheduled tasks
  • Start & Stop scheduled tasks
  • Create scheduled tasks

View feedback and proposed features for Scheduled Tasks.

Services

Services allows you to manage services on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Services:

  • Browse and search services on a server
  • View details of a service
  • Start a service
  • Pause a service
  • Edit the properties of a service

View feedback and proposed features for Services.

Settings

Settings is a central location to manage settings on a computer or server.

Features

  • View and modify user and system environment variables
  • View the configuration for monitoring alerts from Azure Monitor
  • View and modify the power configuration
  • View and modify Remote Desktop settings
  • View and modify role-based access control settings
  • View and modify Hyper-V host settings, if applicable

Storage

Storage allows you to manage storage devices on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Storage:

  • Browse and search existing disks on a server
  • View disk details
  • Create a volume
  • Initialize a disk
  • Create, attach, and detach a virtual hard disk (VHD)
  • Take a disk offline
  • Format a volume
  • Resize a volume
  • Edit volume properties
  • Delete a volume
  • Install Quota Management

View feedback and proposed features for Storage

Storage Migration Service

Storage Migration Service allows you to migrate servers and file shares to Azure or Windows Server 2019—without requiring apps or users to change anything. Get an overview of Storage Migration Service

Note

Storage Migration Service requires Windows Server 2019.

Storage Replica

Use Storage Replica to manage server-to-server storage replication. Learn more about Storage Replica

System Insights

System Insights introduces predictive analytics natively in Windows Server to help give you increased insight into the functioning of your server. Get an overview of System Insights

Note

System Insights requires Windows Server 2019.

Updates

Updates allows you to manage Microsoft and/or Windows Updates on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Updates:

  • View available Windows or Microsoft Updates
  • View a list of update history
  • Install Updates
  • Check online for updates from Microsoft Update
  • Manage Azure Update Management integration

View feedback and proposed features for Updates

Virtual Machines

See Managing Virtual Machines with Windows Admin Center

Virtual Switches

Virtual Switches allows you to manage Hyper-V virtual switches on a computer or server.

Features

The following features are supported in Virtual Switches:

  • Browse and search Virtual Switches on a server
  • Create a new Virtual Switch
  • Rename a Virtual Switch
  • Delete an existing Virtual Switch
  • Edit the properties of a Virtual Switch

View feedback and proposed features for Virtual Switches