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Microsoft Releases Insider Preview Builds of Windows Admin Center & Windows Server 2019

Microsoft has released the Insiders Preview Build of Windows Admin Center 1806 and Windows Server 2019 17692 to Windows Server Insiders.

First, build 1806 of Windows Admin Center is a first post-GA release suitable for those who want to test all the latest features on a regular cadence, which are clearly marked as PREVIEW denoting “:suitable for evaluation and testing.”

While, the GA version is for those who don’t update frequently or want more validation time for the releases to use in production. Current GA release is Windows Admin Center 1804.25.

Here is quick rundown of features in the first post-GA preview release:

  • View/copy PowerShell scripts that Windows Admin Center is using under the hood. Just click “PowerShell icon” in the upper-right app bar, and select a command from the dropdown to navigate to the corresponding PowerShell script. The text is shown with syntax coloring and automatically selected for you to copy.
    View Copy PowerShell Scripts in Windows Admin Center 1806
  • Manage Windows Server 2008 R2 connections with a limited set of tools: Overview, Events, Local Users & Groups, Processes, Registry, Services, and PowerShell.
  • New Scheduled Tasks tool in preview let view, edit, enable/disable, start/stop, and create scheduled tasks. Supported task triggers are daily, once, at logon, and at startup. You are limited to creating and editing only 1 trigger per task.
  • New tools to manage Software Defined Network (SDN) in Hyper-Converged Cluster Manager. You can create, modify and configure virtual networks and subnets. You can also view VM connections to the virtual network subnets and access control lists applied to virtual network subnets.

Other new features available in this release are an update notification dialog, multiple extension feeds, and a new option to redirect web traffic from port 80.

Additional improvements to some existing features, such as gateway settings page, notifications, connection tag editing experience, and extension management experience is also part of this release.

In addition to Windows Admin Center, Microsoft also released a new build of Windows Server vNext Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release that contains both the Desktop Experience and Server Core in all 18 server languages.

Among the features, probably the most important one is the inclusion of Hyper-V 2019 Preview, which is a stand-alone product that contains only Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model, and virtualization components.

It provides a simple and reliable virtualization solution to help you improve your server utilization and reduce costs.

System Insights, a new feature available in Windows Server 2019 that brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server. It’s can be manage using an intuitive Windows Admin Center extension or directly through PowerShell to manage each capability individually, including “configuring custom schedules to run each capability and adding remediation scripts to automatically address any issue detected by a capability.”

Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand (FoD) significantly improves app compatibility of Windows Server Core by including a set of binaries and packages from Windows Server with Desktop, without adding any of Windows Server Desktop GUI or Windows 10 GUI experiences.

The FoD package is available on a separate ISO and installs on Windows Server Core only.

Available operating system components with this build:

Performance Monitor (PerfMon.exe)
Resource Monitor (Resmon.exe)
Device Manager (Devmgmt.msc)
Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe)
Windows PowerShell (Powershell_ISE.exe)
Failover Cluster Manager (CluAdmin.msc)
Process Monitor (Procmon.exe) and other Sysinternals

Registered Insiders can get it from Windows Server Insider Preview download page. Those, who have not yet registered can check this Getting Started with Windows Server on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

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