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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:



Being interviewed by Hyper-V Server

6:48 am in Hyper-V, Interview, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler

A couple of months ago while I was in Seattle I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed by Carsten Rachfahl.

Carsten is one of the more smarter guys in Hyper-V world and has a very good blog on Hyper-V (in German).

He is also just an awesome guy to know.

Thanks Carsten for the interview!

You can find the interview (in English, my German isn’t that good ;-)) here:

or at youtube:



Have your own Windows Azure services on-premise

12:31 pm in Hosting, Hyper-V, Service Provider Foundation, SPF, System Center, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler


Many IT Pro’s I know are scared of the public cloudIt will take a way their job, it will make sure that business users can do things without the control of IT administrators and so on.  The same IT Pro’s and also a lot more of them are also jealous of these public cloud offerings.  Imagine how cool it would be if we could offer this in-house.   The same experience for our users as they have in the cloud (Azure, Amazon…) and still completely under our control.  Too bad we can’t offer these things…

But wait, we can… With the System Center 2012 suite and Windows Server, this is already perfectly possible in-house.  Building up your private cloud and using the self-service portal to create offerings for your end-users that are completely or almost completely automated is not an utopia anymore. 

But let’s think one step further here for a second.  Let’s say I want to have these offerings and give them to my customers.  And these customers are not only the in-house users, but external companies.  I want to become (or I am already) an ISV or a hosting provider.  Now it becomes more challenging.  Building in Multi-Tenancy in the System Center suite can become much more difficult and requires a lot of configuration and customization.  Not exactly what I (or the hosting providers) want to do if they want to compete with the Azure an Amazon and whatever offering is out there today.  And yet, still many of these companies want to be able to do that.  Why?  Many reasons, but for start, they want to make money.  Second, many companies will trust their ISV or hosting provider before they will ever trust Azure or equivalent.  Why?  The fact that they can put a face on the ISV / Hosting provider is still important.

Now how are they going to solve these needs.  The answer to that… Windows Azure Services for Windows Server for Hosting Service Providers.

With this solution, Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management portal and API to what you already know: Windows Server.

Want more information and try it out? Check here:

You want to check out the different web apps you can use: Check here:

Have fun,