Microsoft’s browser-based Windows Server management tool now available for Insiders

Back in September, Microsoft first revealed Project “Honolulu”, a locally-deployed, browser-based graphical management solution for Windows Server. Project “Honolulu” covers the core set of administrative tasks for troubleshooting, configuration, and maintenance.

Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17035 to Windows Server Insiders. Along with that, Microsoft also released the Technical Preview of Project Honolulu to Insiders. Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1711 Build 01003 is Microsoft’s first update since their initial Technical Preview 1709 released in September during Ignite. Read about what’s new in this Build 01003 below.

  • Remote Desktop: With the remote desktop tool in the Server Manager solution, you can connect to your machine to complete scenarios that are not yet supported natively in Honolulu. If you want to configure a feature that has no GUI tool, connect with Remote Desktop and open PowerShell!
  • Windows 10 Client Management: You can now add Windows 10 client machines as connections in Honolulu, and manage them with a subset of tools in the “Computer Management” Solution
  • Switch Embedded Teaming (SET): Short of SCVMM, there was previously no GUI experience to configure Switch Embedded Teaming (SET), a new feature released in Windows Server 2016. You will find this feature in the Virtual Switches tool.
  • Data grid performance improvements: We have updated the grid in the Certificates and Events tools to a more performant control which is able to handle large datasets without a loss in performance. In the next release, it will be updated across all tools. In the Events tool, the data is streamed in as it loads, which can lead to a shorter loading time than the in-box tool when working with channels that contain many events.
  • Removed: LAPS in Service mode: We have removed the ability to use LAPS when Project Honolulu is deployed as a Server service. You may still use LAPS when you install Honolulu on Windows 10.

Windows Server Build 17035 now comes with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) enabled. It now supports Data Deduplication, one of the most requested feature for Storage Spaces Direct and ReFS. According to Microsoft, Data Deduplication will reduce the data footprint by up to 50%. Starting with this build, developers can now use localhost or loopback (127.0.0.1) to access the services that are running in containers on the host.

You can learn about known issues in these build here.

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