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
Certificates View and modify certificates
Devices View and modify devices
Events View events
Files Browse files and folders
Firewall View and modify firewall rules
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
Storage View and modify storage devices
Storage Replica Use Storage Replica to manage server-to-server storage replication
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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Server Manager Overview:

Feature Request
[Overview] [Export] Availability to Export into an Excel Report Performance Metrics such as CPU, RAM, Storage, VMs, etc
[Overview] Historical performance data for dashboard statistics
[Overview] Impact Alert for Shutdown/Restart
[Overview] Show Computer/Server Build Number on Home Page
[Overview] System uptime and logged in users
[Overview] [Computer ID] Add 'OU Path' at 'Join to Domain' option
[Overview] [Disk Metrics] Disk latency and queue
[Overview] [Disk Metrics] Display Drive Letter Name in Graph
[Overview] Adding IP address on the server overview page
[Overview] [RD Settings] see and change the users that are allowed RDP access on the server
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Certificates:

Feature Request
[Certificates] Create certificate requests
[Certificates] Manage Private Keys
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Devices:

Feature Request
[Devices] Hidden devices in device manager should not appear in Windows Admin Center by default
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Events:

Feature Request
[Events] Modify Subscriptions in Event Viewer
[Events] Event details and keyboard navigation
[Events] [Filter] [GUI] improvements
[Events] [Filter] Include keyword field in filter panel
[Events] Colour coding/Icons to more easily distinguish Errors from Warnings
[Events] Indicators in the Event trees
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Files:

Feature Request
[Files] Improvements on Files module
[Files] Upload progress
[Files] - Visual representation of Free Space
[Files] Drive Free space and Total Directory size
[Files] File Sharing option and management
[Files] File Viewer / Editor
[Files] Share Management - Show hidden shares
[Files] Support UNC path
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Firewall:

Feature Request
[Firewall] Disable/Enable firewall
[Firewall] Improvements on the Firewall module
[Firewall] Toggle default Firewall rules
[Firewall] Windows Firewall - Show active rules
[Firewall] Windows Firewall - Show content of firewall log
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Local Users and Groups:

Feature Request
[Local users and Groups] Add User account options (must/cannot change password, never expires, etc.)
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Network

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

Features

The following features are supported in Network:

  • Browse and search existing network adapters
  • View details of a network adapter
  • Edit properties of a network adapter

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Network:

Feature Request
[Network] Access to the advanced properties on the ethernet connection
[Network] Add a netstat view for listening and connected ports
[Network] Edit advanced settings in network
[Network] Ethernet rename
[Network] Loading network adapters takes time
[Network] Network edit description of a Adapter
[Network] Network settings
[Network] network status switch
[Networking] LBFO NIC Teaming option
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for PowerShell:

Feature Request
[PowerShell] Maintain Powershell Credentials when selecting other tools in the same session
[Powershell] Copy/Paste Keyboard shortcuts
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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

The following features have been proposed for Processes:

Feature Request
[Processes] Add advanced details (like SysInternals Process Explorer)
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Registry:

Feature Request
[Registry] navigation with keyboard
[Registry] Search/Browse/Jump to path
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Remote Desktop:

Feature Request
[Remote Desktop] Add Remote Desktop Gateway RDC option to Windows Admin Center
[Remote Desktop] Additional settings
[Remote Desktop] On Remote desktop replace "Disconnect" with "Sign Out"
[Remote Desktop] RDP Custom Port
[Remote Desktop] RDP session shadowing
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Roles and Features:

Feature Request
[Roles & Features] Allow searching and filter in Roles & Features
[Roles & Features] Improvements on the Roles & Features module
[Roles and Features] Filter
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Scheduled Tasks

Important

This feature is only available in Windows Admin Center Preview. How do I get this version?

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

Note

This tool is still in preview. The supported task triggers are daily, once, at logon, and at startup. You are limited to creating and editing only 1 trigger per task.

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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Services:

Feature Request
[Services Module] Improvements on the Services module
[Services] Add Log On As column to Services management.
[Services] Edit SNMP Settings
[Services] Highlight stopped services that should start automatically
[Services] Show service user under the Services screen
[Services] Update ID/password in services
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Storage:

Feature Request
[Storage] Extend virtualdisk
[Storage] Manage Storage Spaces
[Storage] Please add unmount iso option to the storage volumes area
[Storage] update-hoststoragecache
[Storage] Storage window doesn't refresh properly
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Updates:

Feature Request
[Updates] Install Option for Downloaded Updates
[Updates] Windows Update msrc severity sort order
[Updates] Windows Update Overview
[Updates] Allow removal of Windows updates
[Updates] Allow us to choose which Updates are installed + add a date picker for scheduled restart
[Updates] Windows updates should not show hidden updates
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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

Proposed Features

The following features have been proposed for Virtual Switches:

Feature Request
[Virtual Switch] Allow Add, Edit, Remove of Management OS vNICs
[Virtual Switch] Show More Information for Physical Adapter Selection
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