Working with Server Manager, adding additional tools

10:43 am in Service Manager, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 by mikeresseler

Since I get this question a lot, I thought I create a quick blog around it…

Windows Server 2012 (R2) brings in a new and better Server Manager to manage your server( s). While many people tell me they don’t like it I notice that when you really give it a try for a couple of days you are hooked and you love it. I’m not going to explain what Server Manager can do and what it doesn’t do but many people ask if they can add other tools to the solution.


If you look at the tools selection, you will see that by default there are already quite a few. But what if you have other tools in your gearbox that you want to use from Server Manager also? What if you have customer PowerShell scripts or other scripts. Or what if you simply have the SQL or Exchange console running and you want to add those?

The answer to that is pretty simple. All you have to do is add the shortcut to the program to the following folder:

Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools


As you can see I have added a shortcut to my installation of 5nine Manager in this directory and it is now visible through Server Manager.

The only problem you can run into is security. But everything (and also how to add scripts with an example) can be found written out here: