Microsoft Intros Web-Based Management Tools With Nano Server Support
A beta version of the Server Management Tools for Windows Server includes support for Microsoft's lightweight OS for the cloud.Administrators have a new cloud-based option when it comes to managing Nano Servers. Announced last year alongside Microsoft's homegrown container platform, Nano Server is a stripped-down version of Windows Server intended for the cloud and other environments where stability, security and speed are prized above a comprehensive feature set. Leaner than even the Server Core option for Windows Server, Nano Server runs more efficiently by dispensing with the graphical user interface (GUI), 32-bit software support and other components found in the typical installation. The system software was first released to the public as part of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2. As of this week, admins can preview a new set of tools to configure and monitor their container-friendly Nano Servers with a new public preview of Server Management Tools. Hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, "server management tools offer a set of Web-based GUI and command-line tools to manage Windows Servers," said Kriti Jindal, a program manager with Microsoft's Server Management Tools group. "These tools also provide rapid access to your on-premises infrastructure alongside your Azure resources."
Server Management Tools require an Azure subscription and can be found in the Azure Marketplace under the Management category. The tools support only Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview builds (on-premises or in an Azure virtual machine) in their current state.