Windows Admin Center and related management solutions from Microsoft

Applies to: Windows Admin Center, Windows Admin Center Preview

Windows Admin Center is the evolution of traditional in-box server management tools for situations where you might have used Remote Desktop (RDP) to connect to a server for troubleshooting or configuration. It's not intended to replace other existing Microsoft management solutions; rather it complements these solutions, as described below.

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT)

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is a collection of GUI and PowerShell tools to manage optional roles and features in Windows Server. RSAT has many capabilities that Windows Admin Center doesn't have. We may add some of the most commonly used tools in RSAT to Windows Admin Center in the future. Any new Windows Server role or feature that requires a GUI for management will be in Windows Admin Center.


Intune is a cloud-based enterprise mobility management service that lets you manage iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS devices, based on a set of policies. Intune focuses on enabling you to secure company information by controlling how your workforce accesses and shares information. In contrast, Windows Admin Center is not policy-driven, but enables ad-hoc management of Windows 10 and Windows Server systems, using remote PowerShell and WMI over WinRM.

Azure Stack

Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your data center. Azure Stack is managed using PowerShell or the administrator portal, which is similar to the traditional Azure portal used to access and manage traditional Azure services. Windows Admin Center isn't intended to manage the Azure Stack infrastructure, but you can use it to manage Azure IaaS virtual machines (running Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2012) or troubleshoot individual physical servers deployed in your Azure Stack environment.

System Center

System Center is an on-premises data center management solution for deployment, configuration, management, monitoring your entire data center. System Center lets you see the status of all the systems in your environment, while Windows Admin Center lets you drill down into a specific server to manage or troubleshoot it with more granular tools.

Windows Admin Center System Center
Reimagined “in-box” platform & tools Datacenter management & monitoring
Included with Windows Server license – no additional cost, just like MMC and other traditional in-box tools Comprehensive suite of solutions for additional value across your environment and platforms
Lightweight, browser-based remote management of Windows Server instances, anywhere; alternative to RDP Manage & monitor heterogeneous systems at scale, including Hyper-V, VMware, and Linux
Deep single-server & single-cluster drill-down for troubleshooting, configuration & maintenance Infrastructure provisioning; automation and self-service; infrastructure and workload monitoring breadth
Optimized management of individual 2–4 node HCI clusters, integrating Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, and SDN Deploy & manage Hyper-V, Windows Server clusters at datacenter scale from bare metal with SCVMM
Monitoring on HCI only; cluster health service stores history. Extensible platform for 1st and 3rd party admin tool extensions Extensible & scalable monitoring platform in SCOM, with alerting, notifications, third-party workload monitoring; SQL for history
Easiest bridge to hybrid; onboard and use a variety of Azure services for data protection, replication, updates and more Built-in data protection, replication, updates (DPM/VMM/SCCM). Hybrid integration with Log Analytics and Service Map
Lights up platform features of Windows Server: Storage Migration Service, Storage Replica, System Insights, etc. Additional platforms: Automation in Orchestrator/SMA.Integrations with SCSM & other service management tools

Each delivers targeted value independently; better together with complementary capabilities.