Microsoft Releases Windows Admin Center Preview 2012 With New features

Windows Admin Center Preview 2012

Microsoft has announced Windows Admin Center Preview 2012 with new features. Microsoft has integrated several platform and performance updates in addition to the steps required to work with the cluster create wizard. Microsoft has recommended users to use Windows Admin Center Preview 2012 for deploying clusters.

The Windows Admin Center Preview 2012 has added significant improvements to address the Azure login issues from the last release. You will notice significant improvements to the Extension Manager including bug fixes for access denied errors. The update also includes an update to HTTP/2 alongside accessibility improvements.

The Windows Admin Center Preview 2012 brings in Azure File Sync with fixes related to files and file sharing. It is now possible to register your Azure Stack HCI cluster to Microsoft Azure. Moreover, you will be able to modify your diagnostic data settings right from within the Windows Admin Center dashboard. The Admin enter Preview 2012 has added UI updates with support for several new features that were made available with the October 2020 Storage Migration service cumulative update.

With the help of Windows Admin Center Preview 2012, you can view the replication status next to the status icon in the partnerships table. The System Insights is currently available for Azure Stack HCI. The new latest update has added a new Isolation mode in the networking section while creating a new Virtual Machine with improved SDN networking for VMs. Moreover, the preview 2012 build has fixed a bug where scheduled restarts were happening immediately even if they were not scheduled to do so.

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The Windows Admin Center Preview 2012 ships with a new tool using which you can manage and Discrete Device Assign GPUs to virtual machines running on your server. The new tool is available only if you are running Azure Stack HCI. The update has refreshed the secured-core server capabilities in the Security tool of WAC.

The Admin Center Preview 2012 provides support for RDMA provisioning, which is currently part of the deployment flow. You can fully leverage RDMA capable network adapters, which is using the latest cluster-creation extension in Windows Admin Center. The workflow is capable of automatically detecting the supported protocol and provides recommended settings for bandwidth and traffic priority.

The Azure Stack HCI stretch clusters automatically provide solution for disaster recovery with an automated failover mechanism. The automated wizard flow provides network configuration options and runs required network connectivity to validate user inputs before actually performing the new cluster creation. The wizard also ships with an integrated ingenuity to auto-assign sites based on AD site provisioning.

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