Project Honolulu

The recent announced project Honolulu – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2017/09/22/project-honolulu-technical-preview-is-now-available-for-download/ – is Microsoft’s new browser based Server management tool.

You can install it on Windows 10, Windows Server 1709 and Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2 and 2012

Honolulu is the proposed replacement for the MMC based tools we’ve been using since Windows 2000.

Honolulu functions as a gateway that uses Remote PowerShell and WMI over WinRM (WS-MAN) to manage servers. The gateway connects to an app on the server. You need PowerShell 5.0 or higher on the servers to be managed.

You can currently manage these areas through Honolulu:

Displaying resources and resource utilization
Certificate Management
Event Viewer
File Explorer
Firewall Management
Configuring Local Users and Groups
Network Settings
Viewing/Ending Processes and Creating Process Dumps
Registry Editing
Managing Windows Services
Enabling/Disabling Roles & Features
Managing Hyper-V VMs & Virtual Switches
Managing Storage
Managing Windows Update

There are some big gaps at present including:

Active Directory
DFS
DHCP
DNS
Clusters
WSUS

Is this a replacement for the RSAT tools – not at present.

These tools are still under development so this is an opportunity to help shape the next generation of tools. Be really nice if you can generate PowerShell scripts from the commands as you can with later MMC tools.

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