The new Server Manager – Windows Server ‘8’

1.Apr.2012 | by Gusac | Filed in: Articles

Once you are done with the Windows server “8” installation, you will be greeted with good old Server manager. But that is the only thing old about this new management console. The new server manager not only has new looks but handful of new features and improvements. Central server management: With this version, the Server manager has truly become the central management spot to manage the servers, not only local but remote as well. You can add multiple servers to manage and administer them from one place, making it easier and efficient for the admins. It lets you search AD for adding the servers in your domain, you can search them OS type or name. Another way provided is importing a text file. Once the server is added, administrator gets options to launch RDP, Powershell , Restart, Computer management and even configuring NIC teaming. Once a remote server is added, its role and features start appearing and can be managed remotely. The server manager pulls information periodically from the remote server that can help an admin. By default, the data refresh interval is set to 10 minutes but data can be pulled manually if required by hitting Refresh button. If you would like to change the automatic refresh interval, click on the Manage button at the top right and select Server Manager Properties The Dashboard: The dashboard is where server manager lets you glance over the health and state of local and remote servers. It also list the roles and servers (local or remote) with their current status. Any item or server that needs the attention is highlighted. As show in the screenshot below, the local server has ‘1’ marked against the Services. By clicking on it, it shows that one of the services is in failed state. Clicking on the Server name would display the system properties of the selected server. The screens provide information and tasks needs to accomplish - - Add/Remove Roles and Features. - View and configure different system properties of multiple servers from one console like system properties, network, Time zone etc. - Reporting: Best practice analyzer, performance monitoring - Create server pool based on the criteria that helps administer the servers better. - Launch other administrative tools (which were under Start menu in previous versions) Events and Services: you can right click and start/stop or change the status of any service. Built-in Best practice analyzer and performance monitor for health report

Windows server 8 installation–step by step screenshot

1.Apr.2012 | by Gusac | Filed in: Tutorials, Articles

Step by Step screenshot of Windows server 8 beta installation: