As you are aware, managing Windows Server 2012 R2 has been made easier through the introduction of Server Manager.  The robust capability of the tool allow you to not only manage multiple servers, but roles and features as well. However, did you know Server Manager is also available for use through Windows 8.1?  An excellent addition to any IT professional's toolkit, Server Manager for Windows 8.1 provides the same functionality as that found on Windows Server 2012 R2 yet allows you to manage said servers remotely.  This Step-By-Step will walk you through enabling this functionality on your Windows 8.1 client computer.

Step 1: Server Manager Setup

  1. On the prescribed Windows 8.1 client computer, download the Remote Server Administration Toolset
     
  2. Follow the directions provided  via the install wizard and complete the installation
     

Step 2: Adding Manageable Servers

  1. On the Start screen, click Server Manager. The Server Manager tile is available after you install Remote Server Administration Tools. 
     
    Note: Should Server Manager not be visible, scroll upwards on the start screen to view the Apps screen. Find the app, most likely labeled new, and pin it to the Start Screen should you wish.  Alternatively, the app could also be found / run by using the Search charm or simply typing Server Manager on the Start Screen.
     
  2. Once loaded, simply right-click on the All Servers group and begin adding the servers you wish to manage.
     

     

Now completed, the ability to manage your Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and to a lesser extent Windows Server 2003 servers from the Windows 8.1 client is now available.  Visit Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn more regarding Windows 8.1's abilities in further enabling your organization.