Today, Microsoft announced that with the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 version 1709 they will ship a new GUI for Server Manager.
The last Windows Server Interface refresh has happened with the release of Windows Server 2012 when Server Manager received a face lift and the ability to manage multiple Servers.
There is no question that Server manager has not evolved over the years and this change is good.
Web Based Server Manager
The new Graphical Management Experience will be web based (see below) and will allow to fully manage Windows Server from it.
The new Interface will be locally-installed, browser based and fully packed with all management tools.
Using the new Interface, we could access any Server that has them Installed easily from the browser and perform any administrative task.
The new tools come without any extra cost or licensing.
You could download the new Windows Server build with the tools next Week once announced at Ignite 2017.
New Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Management
Microsoft is also releasing a new Hyper-V and Storage Direct Web Management Interface sillier to Server Manager that will allow us to manage and create Virtual Machines, Volumes and disks health.
On top of the provisioning part, the interface will show real time performance charts and historical data.
Images are taken from Microsoft.
If you are visiting Ignite 2017 next week make sure you go to the two sessions below:
- Discover what’s new with Windows Server management experiences
- Manage and monitor your Windows Server 2016 hyper-converged infrastructure
Next week I’ll cover the new Interface and Ignite.