While Microsoft continues to invest and expand its PowerShell handwriting environment—and pushes new GUI-less Windows environments such as the Nano Server configuration—the graphical consumer interface isn’t going away. GUI tools retain advantages for certain reproves, such as visualizing data and comparing multiple systems. They also be biased to be much easier to use for ad hoc configuration and troubleshooting tasks that depend diverse on exploration and investigation rather than automation.
Most of Windows’ GUI running tools are built around MMC, first introduced in Windows 2000 all those years ago. MMC is gauche in a number of ways; for example, different MMC plug-ins handle remote procedure administration in different ways. MMC also does not provide any easy connection to task automation. It’s often useful to use the GUI to configure one system and then replicate those mise en scenes against other systems.
To that end, the company announced Thursday «Forward Honolulu,» a new browser-based graphical management tool that’ll be available as a opening for Windows Server 2016 version 1709, along with a sure thing (currently unspecified) other versions of Windows Server. Microsoft also vows that it will require no additional cost beyond that of Windows Server.
The smack reveal of Honolulu will be made at Ignite at the end of the month.