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  1. [Feature request] Honolulu should be able to send Email notifications

    Please add a functionality to Honolulu that enables the Honolulu Server to send Email notifications. There should be two options:
    1. a global value to be notified via Email if there are Warnings/Alerts - the should be a option to chose: notify for warnings and alerts and notify only for alerts
    2. it would be great to have an button nearby important configurable values "create alert" and then there should be an option to configure a value and chose if the notification should be send when the running value gets greater or smaller than the configured value

    The SMTP Server…

    379 votes
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    • Implement a possibility to configure individual JEA roles in Windows Admin Center

      We need custom role support for adding custom defined JEA roles in Windows Admin Center!

      96 votes
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      • [New tool] [DHCP] DHCP Server should be manageable via Honolulu

        Honolulu should be able to manage the DHCP server role (create IP address pools, configure DHCP options...)

        157 votes
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        • Import Servers and Computers from active directory

          Ability to import computers from AD and narrow it down to import from specific OU's

          Auto detection of your estate from AD would be nice as well.

          88 votes
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          • [New tool] [DNS] DNS Server should be manageable via Honolulu

            Honolulu should be able to manage DNS settings.

            147 votes
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            • Allow Windows Admin Center to be configured one time for all your admins

              Allow Windows Admin Center to be configured one time for all your admins. I find it hard to believe that every admin at a business will need to config this product separately. Why not have a admin group that can see all and have one person doing all the config work.....

              53 votes
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              • [Update] Update Honolulu inside of Honolulu web interface

                Right now we have to go out and download the latest version of Honolulu and install. It would be cool to see an option, maybe inside of settings, to click search for and install updates for Honolulu.

                65 votes
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                • Add Windows Admin Center MSI to Chocolatey

                  A number of Microsoft tools are available on Chocolatey.org. Rather than just having the MSI downloadable from the Microsoft website, would be great if it was available for installation & update via chocolatey. WAC is an excellent tool & deserves the largest possible audience, and if we can get stuff like VS Code and SQL Server Management Studio via Chocolatey, why not WAC?

                  25 votes
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                  • [DFS] DFS should be manageable via Honolulu

                    DFS namespaces and folders with targets should be visible and manageable via Honolulu

                    38 votes
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                    • [ui] add PowerShell hints to the various user interfaces

                      Since all of the Honolulu output is based on WMI and CIM calls executed through PowerShell, it would be useful to have a link in the right hand pane (perhaps the details pane) that will expose what commands were issued to gather the displayed information. This supports PowerShell's goal of ease of learning and discoverability. You use Honolulu to execute one management task against one machine, learn the PowerShell, and you can execute the same task against as many machines as you want.

                      459 votes
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                      • windows admin center - remember username

                        Option to remember the username between sessions for each server and only prompt for the password when logging in

                        18 votes
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                        • 15 votes
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                          • [Deployment] Windows Server 2012 R2

                            Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Version 6.3 (Build 9600)
                            "The software is not supported on this operating system"
                            Have installed WRM 5.1 and have done the other steps in the guide for preparing WS 2012 R2 for WAC.

                            15 votes
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                            • [Overview] [Auto] Server List - Profile Creation

                              Add the ability to automatically fill servers list for specific users (maybe granted from groups or anything like that) to allow easier management for groups (like helpdesk or something similar) on first logon
                              Or maybe via scripting (powershell) with some samples to allow us to integrate this kind of tool in a company.

                              14 votes
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                              • Add the Hyper-V VM console to WAC, in addition to RDP

                                Please add the VM console, Virtual Machine Connection console, as seen when using the Hyper-V console. Currently, when you "connect" to a VM in WAC, an RDP connection is created. RDP is ok, but the virtual machine connection console should be an option. Please avoid adding the Virtual machine viewer as seen in VMM 2012/2016 as it has limited features compared to the full blown VMC from the Hyper-V console.

                                15 votes
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                                • [Deployment] [Container] containerize

                                  Make Honolulu available as a container image. This would be helpful for creation on semi-annual servers.

                                  129 votes
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                                  • Make Windows Admin Center work on Edge and IE!

                                    how can a microsoft product like Windows Admin Center not work on any of its browsers but does on Chrome?

                                    7 votes
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                                    • [Multi-Machine] Please create consolditated view on the servers in Honolulu console

                                      Actually its possible to add different servers to Honolulu console to manage them individually. It would be great to have a consolidated view over all these managed servers regarding warnings, alerts, performance and capacity data with a drill down option into the affected server object.

                                      270 votes
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                                      • Upgrading from Honolulu 1802 to Windows AdminCenter 1804 - site cannot be reached

                                        Hello,
                                        I have just done the upgrade, it went well, no errors but now the website cannot be reached anymore both from the local server (server 2016) and from other machines.
                                        If I go to the EventLog, I can see a lot of errors like this one :
                                        - <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
                                        - <System>
                                        <Provider Name="SMEGateway" />
                                        <EventID Qualifiers="0">0</EventID>
                                        <Level>2</Level>
                                        <Task>0</Task>
                                        <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
                                        <TimeCreated SystemTime="2018-04-13T05:43:09.737478300Z" />
                                        <EventRecordID>1912847</EventRecordID>
                                        <Channel>Microsoft-ServerManagementExperience</Channel>
                                        <Computer>xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx</Computer>
                                        <Security />
                                        </System>
                                        - <EventData>
                                        <Data>Signature verificate failed for plugin: C:\Program Files\Windows Admin Center\Esent.Interop.dll</Data>
                                        </EventData>
                                        </Event>

                                        Signature verificate failed for plugin: C:\Program Files\Windows Admin Center\Microsoft.Diagnostics.Tracing.EventSource.dll
                                        Signature verificate failed for plugin: C:\Program…

                                        5 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Windows Admin Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Recently we’ve hardened the Windows Admin Center security by adding file signature verification. The API we currently use for this requires a one-time internet connection to verify signatures, hence you’ll see errors in non-connected environments.

                                          We’re planning to change the API we use for signature verification in the next version of Windows Admin Center so that we do not require an internet connection to verify.

                                          Changing DevMode to 1 is intended for SDK development purposes and disables signature verification and other security checks, so we do not recommend changing this in production environments.

                                        • Use WinRM over SSL, port 5986 to connect to remote servers

                                          Use WinRM over SSL, port 5986 to connect to remote servers.
                                          I have deployed certificates and configured WinRM over SSL on all my servers and was planning to use WAC but it seems it can only connect using HTTP/5985 which is really disappointing.

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