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

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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Very curious to test it
by novad on Fri 15th Sep 2017 05:00 UTC
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2010-06-10

Well... I manage IT infrastructure since many years and this could be very interesting.

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.

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.

The big problem on those GUI-less versions of Windows was that it was always complex to manage individual settings and configurations not covered by GPOs. Server manager, to some point, allowed to do it but for the rest you had to rely on PowerShell.

You can do everything now with PowerShell (even more than what is possible through GUI) but let’s be fair. Even if I love PowerShell, sometimes it can be a pain for some tasks that are lightning fast through a GUI.

In this aspect Honolulu could really bring something.

One thing is sure, I’ll install this stuff in my Lab as soon as it’s available in preview and if it works well, it could make the management of my Hyper-V farms much much easier :-).

I’m really looking forward to it.

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RE: Very curious to test it
by Rokas on Fri 15th Sep 2017 06:45 in reply to "Very curious to test it"
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2017-09-12

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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