Like most IT Pros deploying and managing Windows Server, I’ve avoided the wizard interfaces, like Manage Your Server, in previous versions of Windows. However with Windows Server 2008, Microsoft have actually succeeded in creating a tool that I think people will find indispensable.
Server Manager is an MMC-based front-end for anything you will need to manage on your servers running Windows 2008. As well as combining many of the individual management tools, it gives you a simple overview of what’s happening on your server and integrates the old Add/Remove Programs interface too.
If you’ve not taken a look at Windows Server 2008 and are interested in reading more about Server Manager, there is a plethora of resources available to you:
- Start with the Windows Server 2008 Server Manager Technical Overview
- You can then use Server Manager page on TechNet to find links to more detailed information
- Read Server Manager Compared to Earlier Windows Management Tools to get an idea of what Server Manager is all about in Windows Server 2008
- Take a look at TechNet Webcast: Managing Windows Server 2008 with Server Manager (Level 200) and
- TechNet Webcast: Overview of Server Manager and Windows PowerShell in Windows Server 2008 (Level 300) to see Server Manager in action
- Read the Server Manager Scenarios Step-by-Step Guide to see how to use Server Manager.
The real power of Server Manager and what makes this tool truly worthwhile is it’s command line interface. SERVERMANAGERCMD.EXE replaces what SYSOCMGR.EXE provided in previous versions of Windows, but it does so much more:
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