Windows Admin Center is a new, locally-deployed, browser-based management tool set that lets you manage your Windows Servers with no Azure or cloud dependency. […] (It) is the modern evolution of “in-box” management tools, like Server Manager and MMC. It complements System Center and Operations Management Suite – it’s not a replacement.
This looks to be an excellent middle ground for those looking to deploy Server Core and yet would like a GUI for general management and maintenance tasks. It’s free, lightweight and supports Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, the upcoming 2019 release and even Windows 10 workstations. I’ve deployed it on a standalone workstation at work so I can truly run it through its paces, but early impressions are good. Not only does it provide statistics on how your server is running, but remote PowerShell is available for executing necessary tasks. I can browse the file system, dive through the registry, manage roles and features and more.
If you administrate Windows Server, I recommend checking this out. I’ll be keeping a close eye on how it evolves in the near future and will report back with anything noteworthy.