Microsoft has released a preview of the new server management tools available through Azure for Windows Server 2016. This post provides am overview of what’s currently possible. To see the announcement, go to Introducing Server management tools.

I’ll do a follow up post on configuring the tools, but for now, I’ll just show you what it looks like.

The first thing you’ll notice is a new Server management tools node in the Azure portal.

Azure Server Management Tools Node
Azure Server Management Tools Node

This node displays each server connection which in this case refers to each individual server. New servers can be added from this screen.

Azure Server Management Tools Connections
Azure Server Management Tools Connections

Clicking on a connection opens up the dashboard for that server which by default displays recent CPU and memory consumption. On the first connection, credentials that have the appropriate access on the server must be entered by selecting Manage As.

Azure Server Management Tools Dashboard
Azure Server Management Tools Node

The dashboard also includes links to access a web version of:

  • Device Manager
  • Event viewer
  • Powershell
  • Processes
  • Registry Editor
  • Roles and Features
  • Services

Device Manager

The Device Manager pane displays devices on the server.

Azure Server Management Tools Device Manager

Event Viewer

The Event Viewer pane displays event log entries for any event log on the server.

Azure Server Management Tools Event Viewer


The Powershell pane starts a remote Powershell session.

Azure Server Management Tools Powershell

Clicking on Script editor opens a script editor node. After pasting or writing a script, the Run button executes the script. The script runs back in the previous script pane and the results are displayed.

Azure Server Management Tools Powershell Script Editor

Clicking on Commands opens a command selection pane which allows cmdlet selection and parameter input before executing the command.

Azure Server Management Tools Powershell Commands


The Processes pane provides the ability to view, end or create processes.

Azure Server Management Tools Processes

Registry Editor

The Registry Editor provides the ability to create, edit and delete keys and values.

Azure Server Management Tools Registry Editor

Registry values can be edited using the tools.

Azure Server Management Tools Registry Editor – Edit Value

Roles and Features

The Roles and Features pane displays role services and feature install status.

Azure Server Management Tools Roles and Features


The services pane allows you to view, start and stop services.

Azure Server Management Tools Services

Windows Update

Presumably at some point the Windows Update node will allow the management of Windows Updates.

Azure Server Management Tools Windows Update


The properties pane displays information about the server.

Azure Server Management Tools Properties

All in all a much more feature rich preview than I was expecting. I’m pretty excited to see where this goes and what the pricing model will be.

Let me know in the comments if you want to see anything else.