Microsoft announced the Windows Admin Center back in June 2018, but since then it has been receiving regular updates adding new features and improving the existing ones. The Windows Admin Center is a browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. Today, Microsoft announced the 1809.5 Insider Preview for Windows Admin Center.
The 1809.5 is a cumulative update to the 1809 GA which was released in September. The update adds a number of new features, and brings some new improvements to Windows Admin Center. One of the most striking features is the changes made to the hyper-converged infrastructure. Users can now multi select bulk options for drives, volumes and servers, with the incorporation of keyboard shortcuts, improved notifications and confirmation dialogs.
On top of that, users can now monitor storage per server and monitor the network activity in a better way. “How much storage capacity is used per server, and how much needs to repair (normal after restarting), is now visible on the Server detail. Now you can track exactly how resync is progressing without relying on Get-StorageJob. The Server detail page now has separate charts for non-RDMA and RDMA networking, each showing inbound and outbound traffic separately (summed over all adapters in the server). In addition to the new features described above, this update also brings many other minor fixes and improvements throughout HCI.”, as Microsoft mentions in their blog.
There are a number of more improvements which can be found on Microsoft’s blog. Windows Admin center is a pretty useful tool, given the fact that IT administrators had to resort to third party alternatives when they required additional features which weren’t present in Windows integrated tools such as, Server Manager and Microsoft Management Console. With Microsoft adding more features to the Admin Center and constantly improving it, it won’t be surprising to see more and more Windows IT administrators using the Admin Center extensively.