Windows Server gets web-based management console

Project Honolulu is expected to remove some of Power Shell's limitations in managing Windows Server and also provide features for hyper-converged infrastructures.

On the Microsoft conference Ignite the provider wants a new tool for Windows Server imagine . The graphical user interface (GUI) is designed to extend the options offered to users with PowerShell. According to a Technet blog , in which Microsoft announces the technical preview, many users have declared that PowerShell is indeed a necessary tool, but often not sufficient.

Therefore, in many cases, especially in smaller installations, additional tools had to be used to perform administrative tasks. The new tool will now deliver functions from PowerShell and expand it with additional functions.

At the same time, the new GUI for Windows Server also better maps the needs of hyperconverged environments. This has been the domain of third party vendors or open source tools so far.

"One of the most exciting new tools we're presenting in the technical preview of Project Honolulu is a completely new solution for managing hyperconverged clusters (Hyper-V with Storage Spaces Direct)," said the team.

It allows users to deploy and manage virtual machines and volumes, and view drives, servers, and health status across the cluster. It also provides real-time and historical performance charts for cluster-wide consumption of hardware resources, storage, latency and throughput. Users could also retrieve the data of individual virtual machines.

The technical preview will be available at the end of next week. When the general availability of the solution is expected, the company does not communicate. The features for managing hyperconverged solutions are still an early preview, according to Microsoft. It is therefore likely that these will take a little longer in coming.