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New Windows Server Remote-Management: Exploring Project “Honolulu”

The technical preview of Honolulu is out. What is “Honolulu”? It’s a new browser-based Server management experience for the remote administration of Windows Server. Well, I’ve tried it out and now I am going to describe in form of first steps what I’ve done and what you can do with Honolulu.

Download

First I have to download Honolulu here:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-honolulu

The Installation of Honolulu on Windows 10 or “Don’t be afraid to fail” 😉

Readers know more than others. That’s what I always told my students. If I would have read the manual, then I would know that Honolulu cannot be installed on a Domain Controller. But I haven’t read the manual (Installation Instructions).

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So I decided to install it on a client computer which is joined to an Active Diretory Domain. I leave the settings to default.

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Nice to see that the project is using WinRM and PowerShell remoting.

More about PowerShell remoting and Trusted Hosts in my article PowerShell Remoting: How to connect to Remote Hosts in a Domain- and in a Non-Domain Environment (Trusted Hosts)

Exploring Honolulu

Then I click on Install and open it. By the way: It’s saved as an app:

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I add my server computer dc01.

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I choose server connection.

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In the empty field, I type dc01. That is one my domain controller running Windows Server 2016. (It should work on Windows Server 2012 as well)

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And dc01 is there!

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For this few first steps let’s explore what we can do with it.

Nice Overview.

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Change remote desktop settings remotely.

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Change network adapter settings …

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Install Roles and Features …

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Create Folders and Files …

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Nice.

Is it a Game Changer?

What do you think? Is it a game changer or not? I would say no, but it’s a huge step forward to improve and simplify the remote-management of Windows Servers.

 


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My name is Patrick Grünauer (pewa2303). I am from Austria. On sid-500 I write about Windows, Cisco and IT-Security in English and German. Have fun while reading!

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