Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 has been redesigned as a new cool multi-server management console, making it as easy to manage multiple servers remotely as you can from a local server's console - whether those servers are physical, virtual or hosted in the cloud! Not familiar with the new Server Manager yet? Check out this post over at My Thoughts On IT, the blog of my fellow IT Evangelist Brian Lewis and an all-around great guy! :-)
Well, it seems it's a little known fact that Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 can manage not only Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 servers, but also servers running Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as well! However, it's a bit of a trick to get it all working ... If you don't follow these steps on these older servers, you'll likely end up with the following status message in Server Manager when trying to manage these servers:
“Not accessible – Verify earlier versions of Windows run the Management WTR package”
Here's the steps to make it work ...
After you've enabled remote management on your Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 servers, try these next steps for extra credit:
Hope this helps!
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
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