Windows Admin Center Extension manager
Windows Admin Center (WAC) (formerly Project Honolulu) is the new, modern tool for managing servers, Hyper-V, clusters and even Windows 10 clients. Other than being fully HTML 5 driven it can integrate with third-party software via an Extension manager. All components within WAC is an extension, this means you can install, update, and delete individual components without re-installing the whole application.
As announced WAC SDK is now in public preview, meaning you and everyone else can build integrations with WAC. Luckily I have tested one integration already, and I have to say that the future looks promising.
Windows Admin Center integration with SCOM
I’ve been fortunate to be able to work closely with the team over at SquaredUp for many years now. At some point early 2018 they reached out and asked if I had looked in to Microsoft’s new server management tool, project Honolulu. SquaredUp told me they where working closely with the Windows Server team to make an integration with SCOM/SquaredUp and Honolulu.
Working for a large service provider in Norway we have many tools to provide management for our clients and a big priority is to integrate them to provide better visibility. I was immediately interested to integrate SCOM with Windows Admin Center. After installing the extension through extension manager you can access monitoring and historic performance data directly within server manager.
Top 3 for integrating SCOM and Windows Admin Center
- Alerts within Microsoft’s latest management tool
- Historic performance data combined with live telemetry
- Maintenance mode directly from server manager
Sign up for the integration with SquaredUp and Windows Admin Center and install the extension via Extension Manager.
This is another good reason to drop interactive logons and get Windows Admin Center and I expect more to come over the next couple of days. If rumors are true we have some cool extensions showcased in this Microsoft Build 2018 session.
One way integration is cool, but I don’t see any reason for not to integrate WAC in other applications. If you feel the same way, please add your vote over at UserVoice to make that happen