Provide simple and reliable graphical admin tools
- Old admin tools using MMC snapins were simple and efficient tools. They were reliable. And users could easily tailor user interface with their favorite tools.
- The Server Manager that appeared in 2012 is huge and inefficient. It's slow (each time you want to do something, you'll have to wait), and the UI is ******. Things are spread in separate buttons or popup menus all over the screen, which is far less efficient than a tree structure.
- The new Admin center is even more terrible : it's a tool for server administration, but it can not be used on a server, because it requires a browser that can not be installed on a server. Moreover, it requires a very huge subsystem (IIS) that lowers overall reliability and provides a far higher exposition surface. If I understand well, it's intended to be installed on a workstation. This means, for every different customer, I need to deploy a remote "workstation" just to be able to manage a single server ! And if this workstation goes down, I can't administer any of the servers. That's just terrible !
What was wrong with the idea of connecting to an individual server with Remote Desktop, and use simple and efficient tools (MMC snapins) to manage it ?
Most of the admin efforts seem to go to Powershell. Sripting may suit the needs of huge companies, but it's not suited at all for tiny companies which manage dozens of independant customers with one or two physical servers...
The power of Windows has always been the GUI, and there are still people which need efficient graphical admin tools, that allow to do things quickly, without having to read several pages of documentation, or having to spend hours to develop and debug a script for every individual situation.
Please revert back to simple and efficient graphical admin tools instead of huge, unreliable and unusable things.