Microsoft's new Windows Admin Center preview brings a pile of new features and fixes

Microsoft | January 19, 2021

Microsoft has released a new preview of the Windows Admin Center 2012, its graphical tool for managing server clusters.

The new preview includes fixes for Azure login reliability issues, the Extension Manager, an upgrade to the SPDY-based HTTP/2 network protocol, GPU management tools, security features and disaster recovery features.

Microsoft also promises a more reliable Azure File Sync, bug fixes for the Files and File sharing features, and the ability to register Azure Stack hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) operating system clusters to Azure and change diagnostic data settings.

The preview contains user interface updates and support for new features released with the October 2020 Storage Migration Service cumulative update. On the storage front, admins can now see the replication status next to the status icon, and system insights in the Azure Stack HCI.

It also brings an isolation mode in the network section when creating a new virtual machine (VM) and better software defined networking (SDN) for VMs. 

Windows Admin Center has gained a new tool to manage and Discrete Device Assign (DDA) GPUs to virtual machines running on a server, but it's only available for users running the Azure Stack HCI.


"Exploring Business and IT Friction: Myths and Realities,” outlines key issues that cause friction between business users and IT, such as: • Gaps in customer satisfaction and the perceived value of services • Inadequate IT support, which decreases productivity and revenue"


"Exploring Business and IT Friction: Myths and Realities,” outlines key issues that cause friction between business users and IT, such as: • Gaps in customer satisfaction and the perceived value of services • Inadequate IT support, which decreases productivity and revenue"

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