Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2017 22:11 UTC

Today, we are thrilled to unveil the next step in our journey for Windows Server graphical management experiences. In less than two weeks at Microsoft Ignite, we will launch the Technical Preview release of Project "Honolulu", a flexible, locally-deployed, browser-based management platform and tools.

Project "Honolulu" is the culmination of significant customer feedback, which has directly shaped product direction and investments. With support for both hybrid and traditional disconnected server environments, Project "Honolulu" provides a quick and easy solution for common IT admin tasks with a lightweight deployment.

I've never managed any servers, so it's difficult for me to gauge how useful of popular tools like these are. What is the usual way people manage their servers?

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RE: Very curious to test it
by Rokas on Fri 15th Sep 2017 06:45 UTC in reply to "Very curious to test it"
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MS has since a long time group policies which is a really good way to spread rules and configs on a large number of servers.

Not that great, really... OK, but not great. Especially now group policy is showing it's age, inflexibility and limitations.

MS also has different versions of Windows which allow to strongly reduce the surface of potential attack and at the same time reduces the maintenance complexity of systems. For example Windows Core, Hyper-V or Nano.

Windows Server Core was laughable abomination when it first came to be in Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Maybe it improved in 2012/2016, I don't know... And frankly, I don't care any more. Every company I know that attempted to build a portion of their infrastructure using Windows Server Core in 2008/2008 R2 times, stopped doing that after realizing what big mistake that was. So now all the Windows infrastructures that I know consists purely of full-GUI servers.

You can do everything now with PowerShell (even more than what is possible through GUI) but let’s be fair.

Given that PowerShell actually works on server. Which is not always the case. Also, every new version of PowerShell makes changes to the syntax for no other reason than to "change something" and break your habits (and scripts) in the process.

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