Installing Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019 Server Core | Information Technology from Valdemar

This article is written for those who were searching for a detailed and simple for the understanding guide on how to install the Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019 Server Core.

We will consider the case when you already have two servers with the Windows Server 2019 Server Core operating system installed on them.

For details on how to install Windows Server 2019, you can read in my guide «Installing Windows Server 2019 Server Core».

In addition, the Active Directory Domain Services role must be installed on one of the servers, and the second server must be included in the domain.

You can learn how to install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2019 with the GUI by reading «Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2019».

Also in my guide «Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2019 Server Core», you can learn about how to install Active Directory Domain Services on a Windows Server 2019 Server Core without a GUI.

In this guide, heva-server-2.heyvaldemar.net will be used as the name of the server on which the Windows Admin Center is installed.

Login under an account with administrator rights and start Windows PowerShell using the command:

powershell

Download the Windows Admin Center installer to the Temp folder using the command:

Start-BitsTransfer -Source http://aka.ms/WACDownload -Destination C:\Windows\Temp\wac.msi

The download process for the Windows Admin Center installer has begun.

The installer was successfully downloaded to the “Temp” folder.

Now start the installation of Windows Admin Center using the command:

msiexec /i C:\Windows\Temp\wac.msi /qn /L*v log.txt SME_PORT=443 SSL_CERTIFICATE-OPTION=generate

Windows Admin Center has been successfully installed.

To access the Windows Admin Center control panel, you must go from workstation to the link https://heva-server-2.heyvaldemar.net, where heva-server-2.heyvaldemar.net is the name of my server. Accordingly, you need to specify the name or IP address of your server with the Windows Admin Center installed.

This guide uses Google Chrome as the web browser to connect to the Windows Admin Center.

In the next step, you can see the warning “Your connection is not private”.

Click on the button “Proceed to heva-server-2.heyvaldemar.net (unsafe)”.

Next, you must specify the username and password of an account that has administrator rights on a server with Windows Admin Center installed.

Click on the “Sign in” button.

Welcome to the Windows Admin Center Control Panel.

Click on the “Skip tour” button to immediately start working with the Windows Admin Center.

Now add the server that you plan to manage using the Windows Admin Center.

Click on the “Add” button, which is located in the upper left corner of the screen.

In the menu that opens, select “Servers”.

Next, go to the “Search Active Directory” tab to add a server that is included in the domain.

In the “Server name” field, specify the server name and click on the “Search” button.

In this guide, heva-server-1.heyvaldemar.net will be used as the server to be added to the Windows Admin Center.

Select the server found and click on the “Add” button.

The server was successfully added to the Windows Admin Center.

Now you can connect and manage it.

Left-click once on the server that you plan to manage in order to connect to it.

Next, select “Use another account for this connection” and specify the username and password of an account that has administrator rights on the server that you plan to manage.

You can also check the box “Use these credentials for all connections” to use the specified account for other connections.

Click on the “Continue” button.

The connection to the server has been successfully established.

Now you can manage the server using the Windows Admin Center.

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