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What’s New in the GA Release of Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Submitted by on May 31, 2018 – 9:11 amNo Comment

I looked at project “Honolulu” a little while ago but now that it’s been released for general availability, it’s time to have another look. It’s been renamed to Windows Admin Center (WAC) and has added support for Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) on Windows Server 2016. The promised support for extensions has also started to bear fruit with several already available. This article was written on the 1804.25 build of WAC.

WAC will come built into the next version of the server technology — Windows Server 2019. Interestingly, Microsoft is saying that WAC won’t replace Server Manager, but I suspect that as more and more features make it into WAC, the need for Server Manager will wane. What won’t change, though, is the size expectation for WAC — if you have tens of servers to manage (and you’re doing it today with a combination of Server Manager and MMC consoles), WAC is definitely a tool for you to consider (especially because it’s free). On the other hand, if you have hundreds of servers, perhaps with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) already deployed, WAC isn’t going to replace those tools, although the Squared Up extension helps with SCOM integration.

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