Windows Admin Center is not just a browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs, but it also lets you connect your Windows Server infrastructure to Azure hybrid services. It doesn't matter if you run Windows Server physical or virtual, or with Azure Stack HCI, with Windows Admin Center, you can easily connect Windows Server to Azure hybrid services like Azure Site Recovery or Azure Update Management. On Azure Friday, I had the honor to speak with Scott Hanselman, about how you can connect Windows Server to Azure Hybrid Cloud services using Windows Admin Center.
You can watch the full episode here:
In the video, we cover Azure Site Recovery and Azure Update Management. Azure Site Recovery allows you to replicate your virtual machines from your Hyper-V servers and Azure Stack HCI to Azure. This provides you with a simple and powerful disaster recovery (DR) solution without the need and complexity of having additional datacenters. With Azure Update Management, you get a centralized update management solution to schedule and orchestrate updates across your hybrid server environment. Hosted in Azure, update management works for Windows Server as well as for Linux servers, virtual and physical.
There are only two of the options you get with Windows Admin Center to take advantage of Azure services in your on-premises Windows Server environment. There are many more hybrid services for Windows Server, which you can unleash with Windows Admin Center.
Manage Azure resources directly through Azure Cloud Shell embedded in Windows Admin Center
If you want to get started, you can download Windows Admin Center for free, and you can create a free Azure account here. If you want to know more about Windows Admin Center Hybrid servers and Azure Arc, check out my blog post and my session from Microsoft Ignite.