Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Windows PowerShell Web Access

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: Windows PowerShell Web Access

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Day 14 is upon us!  In today’s post, we are going to take a look at the new feature in Windows Server 2012 called PowerShell Web Access.

What is PowerShell Web Access?  Glad you asked!

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Windows PowerShell Web Access is a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that acts as a Windows PowerShell gateway, providing a web-based Windows PowerShell console that is targeted at a remote computer.  It enables IT Pros to run Windows PowerShell commands and scripts from a Windows PowerShell console in a web browser, with no Windows PowerShell, remote management software, or browser plug-in installation necessary on the client device.  All that is required to run the web-based Windows PowerShell console is a properly-configured Windows PowerShell Web Access gateway, and a client device browser that supports JavaScript and accepts cookies.

Examples of client devices include laptops, non-work personal computers, borrowed computers, tablet computers, web kiosks, computers that are not running a Windows-based operating system, and cell phone browsers.  IT Pros can perform critical management tasks on remote Windows-based servers from devices that have access to an Internet connection and a web browser.

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Here is diagram with a high overview of how PowerShell Web Access works:

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Supported desktop computer browsers

  • Windows Internet Explorer for Microsoft Windows 8.0, 9.0, and 10.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2
  • Google Chrome 17.0.963.56m for Windows
  • Apple Safari 5.1.2 for Windows
  • Apple Safari 5.1.2 for Mac OS

Minimally-tested mobile devices or browsers

  • Windows Phone 7 and 7.5
  • Google Android WebKit 3.1 Browser Android 2.2.1 (Kernel 2.6)
  • Apple Safari for iPhone operating system 5.0.1
  • Apple Safari for iPad 2 operating system 5.0.1

We could go on and on about the new PSWA, but this blog is just to wet your appetite.  To give you a little jump start with PSWA, here is the three-step process for setup and configuration.

Step 1: Installing Windows PowerShell Web Access

Step 2: Configuring the gateway

Step 3: Configuring authorization rules and site security

This concludes our post for today.  For more information on PSWA, check out the following link:

Use the Web-based Windows PowerShell Console

Come back tomorrow to learn more about the new Server Manager.

-AskPerf blog Team

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  • Can you install powershell web access on a Windows 8 machine? (The title of the post implies you can, but the installation instructions only refer to Windows Server 2012)

  • @Stuart Leeks:  Sorry, Server only.  Please see this link:  technet.microsoft.com/.../hh831611

  • Nice feature for some scenarios, but would true IT Pro really perform "critical management tasks" on remote Windows servers from "web kiosks or borrowed computers", really? Not on my watch! Use only trusted computers for administering your server environments. :)

  • Nice feature for some scenarios, but would true IT Pro really perform "critical management tasks" on remote Windows servers from "web kiosks or borrowed computers", really? Not on my watch! Use only trusted computers for administering your server environments. :)

  • @Seppo

    fully concur: Surely Yes, not from "web kiosks or borrowed computers" with all the STI (Server Trojan Infections) lurking around ...

    unless the benefit far outweigh the risk by a million times factor