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Let’s Talk about the Microsoft Honolulu Project?

01/08/2018

The Honolulu project was heavily commented on some time ago and linked to a new Windows graphical interface or functionality.

Now on December 01 came a new Preview and documentation version of Honolulu and is already well mature and with final architecture defined.

What is the Honolulu Project?

It is a new MANAGEMENT interface for Windows Server.

This is not a replacement for Windows Server 2012/2016 Server but rather an interface based on new protocols for access and ease of use, in addition to management capillarity.

What are the advantages of Honolulu over Server Manager?

Server Manager is a very good tool, but it is based on local protocols (RPC, WinRM and others) and is based on a GUI that needs to be installed.

Honolulu is 100% web-based for data access and uses WinRM, WMI and PowerShell for server administration.

With Honolulu it is possible to do things that Server Manager does not do, such as running scripts, Windows Update, administering and monitoring VMs, etc.

On the other hand, Honolulu does not manage as many services as Server Manager, such as File Server, DHCP, DNS, etc. that continue to be managed by the MMC tools.

How to install Honolulu?

The installation is very simple, but you have to define the architecture.

Basically we can use installed on a single server and bind others in administration as nodes, or else install a server as Gateway to access others and facilitate traffic when we have many servers in a farm:

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In general for these tools the ideal is to create a server with little memory and processing power (in the figure the second model) not to burden servers with other functions, since it creates a service for the Honolulu:

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To download Honolulu, because it is still an Preview, you need to use the Windows Server product evaluation page at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-honolulu

How to manage a server with Honolulu?

Let’s go the basic screens. First we insert a server in the list and from there it is possible by any browser to see usage graphs, configure items, make remote connection, execute PowerShell commands, etc.

First, let’s add new servers, clusters or even Windows 10 Client:

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In sequence simply indicate the user and choose the server / cluster you want to view:

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The level of detail ranges from HW items to detailed graphs for each of the server / client ritual items being monitored:

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Even some items such as physical disks, volumes and Storage Space can now be administered in Honolulu:

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An interesting feature is that you can manage Windows Update remotely:

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Managing VMs in a Hyper-V is also one of the highlights by the level of detail and the intuitive interface:

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Finally, follow the Honolulu technical documentation link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/manage/honolulu/honolulu

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