The remote server administration tools that is available with Windows 8 will help IT administrators in managing the roles and features that are installed on the computers which works on Windows Server using a remote computer that has Windows 8. It is important to know how to open server manager on Windows 8.
What is Server Manager?
It is a tool that comes with the Windows Server 2008 and can be used as a guide for various processes like installing the server roles and features, configuring it and managing the various aspects that are associated with it. It is used as a management console in the server to help provision and also manages local and remote servers that are Windows-based through their desktops. This will eliminate the need for any physical access to the servers or the need to use a Remote Desktop protocol connection with each server. It will be able to support remote and multi-server management hence increasing the number of servers that an administrator will be able to manage. It can even manage up to 100 servers that are generally configured with a usual workload.
The total number of servers that can be managed with the help of one Server Manager Console will depend upon the total amount of data that is requested from the servers that are managed and also the hardware and network capabilities that are available to the system on which the Server Manager is running. When the amount of data that are required to be displayed reaches the total capacity of the computer’s resource, it is possible to experience slow response from the Server Manager. There will also be delays in the ending of refreshes. The event data that the manager gets from all the managed servers can be limited to maximize the number of servers that can be managed using it.
How to Open Server Manager on Windows 8?
The first step to using this Server Manager is to understand all the aspects that are associated with it. The remote server administrator tool includes the server manager, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets, Microsoft Management console and command-line tools that can be used for managing the features and roles to run on the server. After this IT administrators can learn how to open server manager on Windows 8. It will be able to support remote management of the computers that are generally running on Server Core installation or even Minimal Server Graphical Interface settings. The server manager that is included with the tools can be opened with the help of command lines on the tools menu of the console. It can be used to access and also manage the remote servers that are running on Windows Server 2008.
First the supported language packs should be installed in the system, UI language is not supported when using the download package. The instructions can be followed for installing the Windows 8 language packs using the update. The ones that are supported by the tool has to be installed after checking the system requirements. Once the language pack is installed, it can be verified before going to the next step.
In the next step, the remote server administration tools have to be downloaded based on what is appropriate for the architecture of the computer. It can either by run from the download center website or the download package can be saved to a local computer and shared. The appropriate package should be chosen and installed. When the dialog box of the Windows Update Standalone Installer is promoted, “yes” should be chosen to install the update. All the license terms should be accepted before the installation could begin.
After installing the new configuration of the server can be completed by following few steps. In the window that is promoted for Initial Configuration Tools, there provide computer name and domain option should be clicked. The computer name can be changed using the setting in the system properties dialog box. Using the Computer Name/ Domain Changes dialog box, users will be able to name the computer and also provide a name for the domain with which the computer has to join. If the domain changes and computer name changes has to be reflected, then the computer should be restarted. Next the network settings should be configured for the server like how the IP address is obtained on the server. The Configure networking tab can be used for this purpose. New network connection for that particular computer can be created in the Network Connections tab. Automatic updating and feedback options can be configured based on the policies in the organization. The usage of the Remote Desktop by the server can also be configured in the same way.
After this servers can be added to the manager before it can be used to manage them. The Server Manager should be started up and on the dashboard “all servers” or “add servers” option should be clicked.
Then in the dialog box, “add other servers to manage” should be selected as a box marked “add servers” will open up.
In this there will be a number of tabs on the top but the main two will be “Activate Directory” and “DNS”.
In the “Activate Directory” tab, the Windows 8 system that is a part of a domain can be found by the choosing “Find Now” which will list all the different servers and computers that are linked to the domain. From that the system that has to add can be chosen and this can be used as a part of the hyper-V server. On the “DNS”, users will be able to add any server using the DNS name or the IP address. Then the “All Servers” option will display all the servers that are added.
Server Manger will make server administration more effective and efficient by allowing the IT administrators to perform various tasks using a single tool. The standard users of the server and members in the Administrators group will be able to perform many tasks with the Server Manager. It will start automatically by default when the servers that are running on Windows Server 8 is logged on.