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: Comment by FlyingJester
by grat on Fri 15th Sep 2017 18:59 UTC in reply to "Comment by FlyingJester"
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When I was managing several hundred workstations and a couple dozen servers, AD was more than up to the task-- Granted, that was with the (then) newly released Group Policy Preferences-- tools that most people never figured out, so they bought third party packages.

We were deploying everything from drive maps, firewall rules, printers and software applications via GPO's, and it worked fine.

We even had remote assistance working correctly on Windows 7 (with UAC enabled).

Orchestration was largely done with powershell.

Now I'm primarily a linux admin, so I edit puppet manifests and YAML, and wait for the magic to happen, and I use mcollective for orchestration.

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