Project Honolulu – MS, welcome to 2017!

TLDR – I like it.

After bringing us IIS Administration API, Microsoft managed to do one more useful thing! Wooohoo! 😀

Let’s start with some shameless C/P from Microsoft’s website 🙂

– Honolulu is a locally deployed, browser-based, management tool set that enables on-premises administration of Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency.
– Honolulu gives IT Admins full control over all aspects of their Server infrastructure, and is particularly useful for management on private networks that are not connected to the Internet.
– Honolulu is the modern evolution of “in-box” management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. It is complementary to System Center and Operations Management Suite, and is not intended to replace these products and services.

I also copied some pictures as well 🙂

 

You can use Honolulu on the following Windows operating systems:

Version  Install Honolulu  Node/Cluster Mgmt   Managed HCI cluster (early preview)
Windows 10  Yes (local)  N/A  N/A
Windows Server, version 1709  Yes (gateway)  Yes  Yes, on Insider builds
Windows Server 2016  Yes (gateway)  Yes  Future
Windows Server 2012 R2  No  Yes  N/A
Windows Server 2012  No  Yes  N/A

 

Now that we’ve gone through the “marketing” stuff, let’s see how to install and configure it.

  1. Download the installer from Microsoft’s website – http://aka.ms/honoluludownload
  2. Run the installer
  3. Choose the port you want to use for accessing the web interface
  4. Next, Next, Finish

On the server side, you need to configure WinRM and most importantly, your firewall rules.

Very nice troubleshooting guide can be found here.

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