Windows Admin Center Setup And Configuration For Server And System Management

What is Windows Admin Center?

Windows Admin Center allows Server admin or Infrastructure admin to manage all server Infrastructure using a browser-based management tool. This tool will give admins full control over all infrastructure including Azure and cloud.

Single tool combines all system management tools like MMC, registry, storage many more. Modern “In-box” management tool.

Windows Admin Center
Credit: Microsoft Documents 

 

Easy to install and use

Install on a Windows 10 computer, and start managing in minutes, or install on a Windows 2016/2019 server acting as a gateway to enable your entire organization to manage computers from their web browser.

Windows Admin Center

Server Manager gives this kind of popup on new servers.

Main feature of Windows Admin Center are shown below,

Windows Admin Center
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We will explore Server manager for Server 2019 using windows 10.

There are two ways we can setup Windows Admin Center.

  • Installing on Server 2019 as Gateway Mode
  • Installing on Windows 10 as Desktop Mode

We are using Desktop Mode for now. Download Link

Once ready it will start installing,

Windows Admin Center

 

You can select auto update using Microsoft. We are not doing this as a testing system,

Windows Admin Center

 

Gateway setting for application and host system

Windows Admin Center

 

You can always define port for Site by default when you install on Server OS it use 443 and for window 10 it use 6516

Remember the port as you will require the same while accessing the Windows admin using web browser.

We will use self-signed SSL certificate for this. Or if you had your company or personal certificate for the system you are using we can give that at the time of installation.

Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center

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To access the Windows Admin Center

Desktop Mode: Connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from the same computer on which it's installed (for example, https://localhost:6516)

Gateway Mode: Connect to the Windows Admin Center gateway from a client browser on a different machine (for example, https://servername) for gateway it will ask for username/ password for the server to connect.

First look,

Windows Admin Center

 

Once system is ready you will find base system already added to list,

Windows Admin Center

 

From +add you can add a new connection.

You will find different types of connections available to connect as shown below.

Windows Admin Center

 

To add server, type your server FQDN or IP in Enter Server name box

Windows Admin Center

You need to provide user name and password to Manage the server. Once server is added to list you will find the server as per below.

Windows Admin Center

 

Next select the server and click Connect and you will find all management tools are available to manage that server in left corner,

Windows Admin Center

 

List of available tools to manage windows server are as per the below figure.

Windows Admin Center

 

Once you are all done you are ready to use Windows Admin Center to manage all your servers and user systems using your web browser.

As per Microsoft site, Windows Admin center is only compatible with Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

Hope you like and use this technology for your day to day use.

Thank you for reading.