Project Honolulu – First look

Last week I have blogged about Project “Honolulu” and here is the tech preview I was waiting for. So Microsoft’s project Honolulu is a new local web-based management for your server infrastructure.

I personal belive it was time for Microsoft to provide a more unified GUI management, which is something VMware was doing for a long time now.

So starting with deployment, there are several ways, installing locally in your own windows 10 machine, having a dedicated gateway server and directly in on a server cluster you manage.  Also not the gateway service can be installed on 2016 R2 and 2016.

So you like the idea, but the real question in everyone’s mind “What can we manage?”

You can manage:

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016 and higher

Three managers

  • Server manager
  • Failover Cluster manager
  • Hyper-Converged Cluster manger

Server Features

  • 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

This is the end of the first part, the second one will be an introduction on installation and configuration. Tanks for your time reading my blog.

You can find more on the Project Honolulu on the Microsoft Docs and for those that want to try it out, the Technical Preview is available,

There are also an excellent blog regarding Project Honolulu from MVP Thomas Maurer.