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It’s a year full of misery with the Covid-19 virus around the world. People who lose their loved one, It’s a very sad time for all of us! Microsoft technologies are still going on strong with new features in Azure Cloud Services but also supporting the people who are working in the healthcare, data analytics, Microsoft Teams for Collaboration and much more. But what I want to say to all HealthCare people over the world : THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO 👍
I have deep respect for you all !
Community, Microsoft Product Teams, MVP Lead, WIndows Insiders, I wish you and your family happy holidays and a Healthy 2021 with lot of Success! 🎄😍
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Microsoft Windows Admin Center
Microsoft Windows Admin Center is a web based App working in your modern browser like Edge or Chrome to manage your datacenter infrastructure. You can download it here
You can manage Windows Servers, Windows10 Desktops, Clusters, Hyperconverged Clusters, Storage Spaces Direct and more in a Hybrid environment and that’s what I like.
My Servers can be on-premises or in the Cloud like Azure and will manage them with Windows Admin Center.
Here you find all the Microsoft documentation about Windows Admin Center
Windows Admin Center and Azure backup integration
When you have Windows Admin Center running you can register with Microsoft Azure first in the settings of Windows Admin Center.
Register to your Azure Subscription, just follow the instructions.
Install Azure Backup Extension at Available extensions.
From here the basic settings are done and we will have a look at my MVP LAB to backup a virtual Server.
Windows Admin Center in Domain MVPLAB.CLOUD
I have selected stormtrooper01.mvplab.cloud Windows Server 2019 and on the left Azure Backup.
You can read here more about Microsoft Azure Backup
Click on setup Azure Backup.
Here you select the Azure Subscription and the Backup Vault
and this will be a system state backup.
Next Step is Backup Schedule and Encryption key.
IMPORTANT: Keep this Encryption key somewhere save !
You need this key for recovery and Microsoft does not have access to that key.
Azure Backup Schedule settings.
When you apply here it will setup the Azure backup agent and your policies.
Backup is scheduled.
Here I did the Backup by hand.
Here you see the backup in the Azure Backup Vault.
Backup done via Windows Admin Center 😉
Here you see a video from Microsoft Mechanics at Ignite with Jeff Woolsey
Don’t forget to give feedback or great ideas !
Microsoft Windows Admin Center for Hybrid IT Management
I really like to work with Microsoft Windows Admin Center for managing my Hybrid workloads Windows Servers in Azure Cloud Services but also our On-premises Servers on Hyper-V and VMware platform. Even our physical Windows Servers can be managed from Windows Admin Center.
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, including the following:
- Protect virtual machines and use cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (HA/DR) with Azure Site Recovery.
- Track what’s happening across your applications, network and infrastructure with the help of advanced analytics and machine learning in Azure Monitor.
- Simplify network connectivity to Azure with Azure Network Adapter.
- Keep virtual machines up to date with Azure Update Management.
Azure hybrid services work with Windows Servers in the following configurations:
- Stand-alone physical servers and virtual machines (VMs)
- Clusters, including hyper-converged clusters certified by the Azure Stack HCI, and Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) programs
I’m working with Windows Admin Center since day one, and you see the hybrid management tool evolving with great new features to make your life as an Administrator more easier. For example you get notifications when there are updates in extensions.
Notification details about update Extensions
When you click on the link “Go to Extensions” you will see the Extensions installed and the Updates which you can install from there.
There are not only Microsoft extensions, but also third party solution extensions and you could build your own extension for your solution. Here you find all the information about Windows Admin Center Extensions
Installing a New extension is easy to do, the Azure Cloud Shell (Preview) was the last extension I installed in my Azure MVP Lab to work with. Azure Cloud Shell is an interactive, authenticated, browser-accessible shell for managing Azure resources. It provides the flexibility of choosing the shell experience that best suits the way you work, either Bash or PowerShell. Cloud Shell enables access to a browser-based command-line experience built with Azure management tasks in mind. So how does this look in Windows Admin Center?
Copy your code here https://microsoft.com/devicelogin
When you go back to Windows Admin Center you will see you are connected with Azure Cloud Shell CLI 😉
from here you can manage all your Azure Cloud Services via the Azure Cloud Shell CLI with Bash or Powershell.
Here you find more about Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell tools and Features.
you can add an Azure Network Adapter to your on-premises servers to help you securely connect the server to an Azure Virtual Network.
Read more about adding Microsoft Azure Network Adapter (Preview) in the top 10 Features of Windows Server 2019. Nice link speed of 40 Gbps 😉
For Management of your Windows Servers you need some tools and consoles. Windows Admin Center is supporting you to get the Management consoles in one place to do your administration and updates.
The next tree Features are in Windows Admin Center to manage your Windows Server.
Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.
Here you find more information about Windows Commands
Of course you need to update your Windows Servers, and what I like in WAC is that you get the information if an update needs a reboot before you click on Install Updates. This option is good for my Azure MVP Lab but when you need to update more then 100 Servers, you would do that centrally managed like with Update Management solution in Azure
Remote Desktop is one of the Features of Windows Admin Center, to take over the desktop for installations of Applications for example.
Windows Admin Center got a lot more Features and Tools to Manage your Windows Servers in a Hybrid world.
Like these :
- System Insights
- Scheduled Tasks
- Installing Roles and Features of Windows Server
- Processes running on your Windows Server
- Managing and deploying Clusters
- and much More………
Microsoft Windows Admin Center is the New Management tool for your Hybrid IT Management to Controle your Servers for your Business. It got all the Management consoles covered of Windows Servers to manage from one tool.
It’s easy to use and It keeps you Up-to-date of what is happening on your Windows Server but also what is New and updated. With Microsoft Windows Admin Center your are learning on the job and that’s what I Like 😉
Hope you will use Microsoft Windows Admin Center too for your Business, download it here for Free!
LEARN | CONNECT | EXPLORE
You don’t want to miss this Awesome Microsoft Ignite 2019 Event of the Year in Orlando, Florida !
If you can’t attend, don’t worry you can follow the Live Stream of MS Ignite here
Or here on Microsoft Ignite YouTube Channel
Plan your sessions for Microsoft Ignite 2019 ( More 1000+)
Use #MSIgnite on Social media
JOIN the Community on LinkedIn
JOIN Azure DevOps Community
JOIN Containers in the Cloud Community
JOIN Azure Monitor and Security Community
Happy New Year !
First of all Thank you for following me and Sharing Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management content on Social Media 🙂 Sharing & Learning Together is Better.
Here some work I did for the Community in 2018 :
- I wrote 62 Blogposts in 2018 on https://mountainss.wordpress.com and shared them on LinkedIn,
Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft Tech Community
- Made a Blogpost Serie about :
It’s all about your Datacenter transition to the Cloud by Design and by Security.
Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design
Started Azure DevOps Community Group on LinkedIn
- Together with Community Groups : Microsoft Azure Monitor and Security for Hybrid IT and
Containers in the Cloud
- Welcome 577 New Followers on Twitter of the 5904 Followers 🙂
More then 2.807.000 Tweet impressions in One year !
- Started with Friday is MVPbuzz Day for Education to get Azure Cloud in the Classroom, working together with Teachers and Students in my Free time.
- Working with Microsoft Learn in Teams for the Students.
- Meetings and Speaking for Education, all about Azure and AzureStack Technologies.
- Conferences, like the Global MVP Summit 2018, DevOps Amsterdam, Community Group meetings.
Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Build, Microsoft Connect events.
- Almost every week Microsoft Product Group Intervention (PGI) sessions Online.
- Sharing the News every Day via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft Tech Community, Blog
But what is coming in 2019 ?
I will continue every day sharing knowledge with the Community and continue my Free work on MVPbuzz Friday for Education to get Azure Cloud Technology in the Classroom for Teachers and Students.
The trend I see for 2019 is more Infrastructure and Security by Code with Microsoft Azure DevOps
and of course you have to be in Control with Microsoft Azure Monitor
I will write a blogpost in January 2019 about Microsoft Azure Hub-Spoke model by Enterprise Design 4 of 4 : Optimize your Azure Workload.
More Items in 2019 to come :
- Microsoft Azure Security Center for Hybrid IT
- Windows Server 2019 in combination with Azure Cloud Services.
- More on Containers in the Cloud
- Azure Stack and ASDK
- Integration with Azure Cloud.
- API Management
- Azure DevOps Pipelines and Collabration
- Azure IoT for Smart Cities and Buildings combined with AI Technology
2019 will be a Great year again with New Microsoft Technologies and Features for your business.
Don’t miss the Live Stream of Microsoft Ignite 2018
Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork, and productivity. Immerse yourself with the latest tools, tech, and experiences that matter, and hear the latest updates and ideas directly from the experts.
Watch live https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella lays out his vision for the future of tech, then watch other Microsoft leaders explore the most important tools and technologies coming in the next year. After the keynotes, select Microsoft Ignite sessions will stream live—take a deep dive into the future of your profession.
Deep Dive into Windows Server 2019 Updates with Jeff Woolsey Principal PM of the Windows Server Team.
What’s New in Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Builds :
Windows Insider Program for Server allows you deploy the Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview builds in your enterprise. The docs cover the new enterprise features we’d like you to test and describes how to do the most common tasks.
Download Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview and Windows Admin Center Now !
Microsoft Windows Admin Center
Join Microsoft Windows Server Summit on June 26, 2018
Join Microsoft on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 for a virtual experience to learn tips and tricks for modernizing your infrastructure and applications—regardless of whether you’re running Windows Server on-premises or in the cloud.