Windows Admin Center Hyper-V Host
Simplify server management
Manage all your server environments with familiar yet modernized tools, such as the reimagined Server Manager and streamlined MMC tools, from a single, browser-based, graphical user interface. Admins can manage Windows Server instances anywhere: on-premises, in Azure, or in any cloud.
Operate hybrid seamlessly
Extend on-premises deployments of Windows Server to the cloud by using the Azure hybrid services found in Windows Admin Center. Use Azure for:
- Backup and disaster recovery
- Additional capacity for compute, file servers and storage
- Centralized management for monitoring, threat protection and update management
In the following steps we will install Windows Server Core 20H2 version Build 10.0.19042 via Windows Admin Center on my Hyper-V Host called Starship01.mvplab.cloud.
I have Windows Admin Center already running for my MVPLAB with a Windows Server 2019 Hypervisor host. From here I will install a New Windows Server Core 20H2 Machine.
Click in the Left toolbar on Virtual Machines
and then on Add New
Deployment settings for the New Virtual Machine.
Here we set the following settings :
- Virtual Machine Name
- Generation VM ( gen 2 is recommended )
- The path of the VM settings and Disk
- Virtual Processors
- a mark for nested virtualization ( for the Hyper-V feature )
- Network / Virtual Switch
When you Add Storage you can select also the new ISO file for Installation.
I changed the Size of the Operating Disk from 127GB to 50GB
And I selected the path to the Windows Server Core 20H2 ISO.
Then Click on Create.
Windows Admin Center will create the Virtual Machine really fast.
Now the Window Virtual Machine Dark20H2 is created by Windows Admin Center on the Hyper-V Host, we can do the Windows Server Core 20H2 Installation by starting the Virtual Machine.
Before you Start running the VM, have a look at the settings
If you want you can set more Security features here.
You can set Encryption and Security Policy.
Start the Virtual Machine here for Installation of Windows Server Core 20H2
( The ISO is connected )
Installation of Windows Server Core 20H2 version Build 10.0.19042
The virtual Machine is running and now we can connect it via Windows Admin Center to do the installation of Windows Server.
Click on Connect
Use your Windows Admin Center account and mark
for the certificate. Then Click on Connect
Here we see the Console for the Windows Server Installation.
The Windows Server Core 20H2 is Installed.
Of course you can now configure the Machine via SConfig.exe, I only gave the Server name and a static IP address with DNS.
Via Windows Admin Center ( Manage) you can add the Machine to the domain.
Add the Server to the domain with your account and Click on Join
Server will Restart, Click on Yes
Dark20H2 Joined the Domain MVPLAB.CLOUD Successfully
Adding the Windows Server Core 20H2 to Windows Admin Center
Add Dark20H2.mvplab.cloud to Windows Admin Center.
Of course I want to manage the server with Windows Admin Center and use all the tools I need to securely manage this Server.
Windows Server Core 20H2 in Windows Admin Center.
First thing what I do in my MVPLAB is Windows Updates.
December Updates for Windows Server Core 20H2
Updates Installed Successfully 🙂
Azure Hybrid Services
Azure Hybrid Services
You can extend on-premises deployments of Windows Server to the cloud by using Azure hybrid services. These cloud services provide an array of useful functions, both for extending on-premises into Azure, and for centrally managing from Azure. Think of :
- Azure Backup Services
- Azure Monitoring Services
- Disaster Recovery
- Azure File Sync Services
- Azure Security Center / Azure Defender Services
Windows Admin Center is a must have when you have to manage Windows Server Core versions, you don’t have to worry about all the Commands of Windows Server Core. With Windows Admin Center it becomes easy to do the complete installation of the server and this include also all features of Windows Server Core 202H2 Build 10.0.19042. It becomes really powerful when you use it in a Hybrid way by connecting to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services. Earlier I wrote a blogpost about Windows Admin Center and Azure Security Center
I Hope this is useful for you, and start your journey with Windows Admin Center & Windows Server Core versions 😉