Server Manager makes server administration more efficient by allowing administrators to do tasks in the following table by using a single tool.
In Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 , both standard users of a server and members of the Administrators group can perform management tasks in Server Manager, but by default, standard users are prevented from performing some tasks, as shown in the following table.
Until the update is applied, servers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 have a manageability status of Not accessible.- The performance update associated with Knowledge Base article 2682011 lets Server Manager collect performance data from Windows Server 2008 R2 .- .
NET Framework 4- Windows Management Framework 3.0 The Windows Management Framework 3.0 download package updates Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers on Windows Server 2008 .
This topic and its subtopics provide information about how to use features in the Server Manager console. The following sections list some initial considerations that you need to review, as well as hardware and software requirements for Server Manager.
Server Manager is installed by default with all editions of Windows Server 2016.
The Windows Management Framework 5.0 download package updates Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 .Internet browsers cannot run without Server Graphical Shell, so webpages and applications such as HTML help (The mmc F1 help, for example) cannot be opened.You cannot open dialog boxes for configuring Windows automatic updating and feedback when Server Graphical Shell is not installed; commands that open these dialog boxes in the Server Manager console are redirected to run Important Server Manager cannot be used to manage a newer release of the Windows Server operating system.
Server Manager running on Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 cannot be used to manage servers that are running Windows Server 2012 R2 .
Note that when Remote Server Administration Tools is installed on a client computer, you cannot manage the local computer by using Server Manager; Server Manager cannot be used to manage computers or devices that are running a Windows client operating system.