Server Manager: Manage multiple servers just got easier.

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at

One of the things I love about Windows Server 2012 is the ability to manage multiple servers from the same Server Manager console.  In this video I will perform the following steps:

  • Add a second server to be managed to the Server Manager console
  • Add roles and features to the remote server
  • Configure the remote server as a domain controller.
  • Export the PowerShell script to create a domain controller.

In previous versions of Windows Server I was able to manage servers remotely with MMC consoles, but if I wanted to add or remove roles and features then I had to either do it locally, or use PowerShell or System Center to do it.  With Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 I can do all of this and more, both locally and remotely, on both physical and virtual hosts.  My life as a systems administrator just got easier, which is always my goal!


3 responses to “Server Manager: Manage multiple servers just got easier.”

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  2. […] than it was previously‚Ķ either use the Add Roles and Features Wizard (See my article and video here).  Or you can use Windows PowerShell (which is the preferred way to do it) by using the cmdlet […]

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