Introducing Server management tools

As I promised in my earlier blog post, I will now demonstrate how you are able to manage you servers and of course Nano server from Azure. It is still in preview phase, but there are lot of things what you are able to do and numbers are counting.
Just keep in mind that if you have some core servers in you your datacenter you will get a possibility to manage them via different GUIs as well.




Let´s take a look of the architecture.
SMT will connect on-premises server via Server Management Gateway so this is really easy to setup and test.



Let´s do the step-by-step configuration.

First we need to search SMT from the Azure portal

Select SMT and start the configuration

Next we need to fill some information regarding the installation. In computer name field we add FQDN name of the server which we want to manage (in my case it is physical Nano server). Then we select the correct Subscription and Resource group.
As this is new installation I will create new SMT gateway which is in my setup 2016 server running in my datacenter. Lately we need to select location and start the installation.

After basic configuration is done, we need to configure gateway.
Browse to Resource Group where we did the installation and select SMT gateway.
Click “Configuration required…”

Then we need to download SMT gateway components to server and start the installation.

Extract zip file and start the installation (gateway.msi)

Accept License terms and install

After installation is done, wait a moment and refresh the gateway settings from the Azure portal and ensure that Gateway health is ok

Alright, our Management server is up and running correctly so next we need to configure the server which we are going to manage. Open the server what we wanted to manage during the SMT setup (As said earlier my server is physical Nano).
Select Manage as to add credentials

Add credential (you have a possibility to save creds if you want to)

After applying credentials you will start to get details of your server and get a possibility to manage it.


That´s it, everything is done. If you want to add more server under management you can of course use the same Gateway.

Just to give you a few examples, you can install missing updates from the SMT

or manage server directly from powershell

Or even start/stop/ services and lot of more!

Happy managing until next time!

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