Get started with Windows Admin Center (2023)

  • Article
  • 10 minutes to read

Applies to: Windows Admin Center, Vista before Windows Admin Center

This article describes how to get started with Windows Admin Center after it has been downloaded and installed on a Windows PC.Download Windows Administrative Center. For installation information, seeInstall Windows Admin Center on a PC or server. For more information about Windows Admin Center, seeOverview of Windows Admin Center.

Open Windows Admin Center on a Windows PC

With Windows Admin Center, you can manage servers, clusters, Windows PCs, and Azure virtual machines (VMs) right from your Windows 10 computer using a web browser.


You must be a member of the local Administrators group to use Windows Admin Center in Windows 10.

Follow these steps to open Windows Admin Center on a Windows PC:

  1. Of theBeginningSelect Windows Admin Center from the menu. the writerWindows Admin Centerin the search bar, and then select it from the search results. Windows Admin Center will open in your default browser with the URL:https://localhost:6516/. Alternatively, you can also launch it from your preferred browser by typinghttps://localhost:6516/.

    A message is displayed to select a certificate for authentication.

  2. Select the labeled certificateWindows Admin Center-Client, then selectOK. You can also choose theCertified InformationLink to view more details about the certificate.

    Get started with Windows Admin Center (1)


    Be sure to select thoseWindows Admin Center-ClientCertificate if prompted and no other certificate. If you select a different certificate, the following error message is displayed:

    You do not have permission to view this page. If you recently updated Windows Admin Center, you may need to restart your browser and then refresh the page.

    (Video) How to get started with Windows Admin Center

    If you still get the same error even after restarting your browser and refreshing the page, try clearing your browser's cache or switching to a different browser. If none of these troubleshooting steps resolve the issue, you may need to uninstall and reinstall Windows Admin Center, and then restart.

  3. (First time only) A pop-up window will appear confirming that your version of Windows Admin Center was installed successfully. It also contains information about what's new in this version. Close the window to continue.

    Get started with Windows Admin Center (2)

    Isall connectionsThe page will appear with the name of your Windows 10 computer below the connection list. You can now add connections to Windows Admin Center.

Add connections to Windows Admin Center

You can add connections as managed nodes to Windows Admin Center viaall connectionsPage. This is the default page that appears when you start Windows Admin Center. On this page you can add existing resources as connections or create new resources. Resources you add appear below the list of connections on theall connectionsPage.

The type of resources you can add fromall connectionsThe side is Servers, Windows PCs, Azure Clusters and VMs and the resources you can create are Azure Clusters and VMs.


To add or create an Azure virtual machine, you must first register Windows Admin Center with Azure.

To add connections to Windows Admin Center:

  1. click+ Addunderall connections.

    Get started with Windows Admin Center (3)

  2. The resource type that you can add is displayed. ChooseAdd tofor the resource type you want to add.

    Get started with Windows Admin Center (4)

  3. Windows Admin Center supports several methods of adding resources, depending on the resource type:

    • Add one resource at a time
    • Add multiple resources in bulk
    • Add resources by searching Active Directory

    Choose the tab based on how you want to add resources. The label for each tab may vary depending on the type of resource you are adding.

    • add one
    • import list
    • Suche im Active Directory

    This is the default method. The label for this tab is displayed asAdd clusterswhen adding a cluster.

    1. Chooseadd oneÖAdd clustersEyelash. This tab is selected by default.

    2. Enter the name of the resource in the Resource Name field.

      When you start typing text, Windows Admin Center starts searching for a resource based on the text string you typed. If a match is found, you can add the name exactly as you entered it or use the default resource name. If no match is found, you can still add this resource so that it appears in your connection list.

    (Video) Introduction of Windows Admin Center Full Step by Step
  1. (Optional) Selectadd tagsto add connection tags. You can use tags to identify and filter related resources in your connection list. For more information on using tags, seeUse tags to organize your connections.

  2. When you're done adding resources, selectAdd to.

    The selected resources are displayed in the connection list on theall connectionsPage.

Authenticate with managed nodes

After you add connections as managed nodes, you must authenticate with them to connect. Windows Admin Center supports multiple mechanisms for authenticating with a managed node. Single sign-on is the default.


To perform remote administration, Windows Admin Center impersonates the security context of the provided user and uses that security context to access the computer. The provisioned user appears in the Manage As column on the All Connections page.

Authenticate yourself with single sign-on

You can use your current Windows credentials to authenticate to the managed node. This is the default, and Windows Admin Center attempts single sign-on when you add a resource.

Single sign-on authentication when implemented as a service on Windows Server

If you have Windows Admin Center installed on Windows Server, additional single sign-on configuration is required. For more information, seeSet up your environment for delegation.

Authenticate by providing credentials

Underall connections, select a resource from the list, and choosemanage asTo specify the credentials to use to authenticate with the managed node:

Get started with Windows Admin Center (6)

If Windows Admin Center is running in service mode on Windows Server, but you have not configured Kerberos delegation, you must re-enter your Windows credentials:

(Video) Get Started With Windows Admin Center

Get started with Windows Admin Center (7)

You can apply the credentials to all connections, which causes them to be cached for that particular browsing session. If you reload your browser, you will need to re-enter yourmanage asReferences.

Authentication through local admin password solution

If your environment usesPassword Solution for Local Administrators (LAPS)and you have Windows Admin Center installed on your Windows 10 PC, you can use LAPS credentials to authenticate to the managed node. If you use this scenario,give feedback here.

You can use tags to identify and filter related resources in your connection list. This allows you to see a subset of your resources in the connection list. This is especially useful when you have a lot of connections.

Edit labels

You can add tags to a connection while adding a new connection. Or you can add or edit them later for one or more connections from theall connectionsPage.

To add or edit a tag:

  1. Select one or more connections from the connection list.

  2. ChooseEdit labels.

    Get started with Windows Admin Center (8)

    Isavailable labelsthe panel opens to the right.

  3. Add, edit or remove tags for selected connections.

    • To add a new tag to your selected connections, selectAdd Labeland enter a desired label name.

    • To tag selected connections with an existing tag name, check the box next to the tag name you want to apply.

    • To remove a tag from all selected connections, clear the check box next to the tag you want to remove.

    • If a tag is applied to a subset of the selected connections, the check box appears in an intermediate state. You can check the box to select it and apply the tag to all selected connections, or check it again to clear it and remove the tag from all selected connections.

      Get started with Windows Admin Center (9)

  4. When you're done, selectSave on computerto save your changes.

    (Video) Introduction to Windows Admin Center

Filter connections by tag

After you add tags to one or more connections, you can view the tags in the connections list and filter the connections list by tags.

  • To filter by a tag, select the filter icon next to the search box.

  • You can select "Or", "And" or "No" to change the filtering behavior of the selected tags.

    Get started with Windows Admin Center (11)

Use PowerShell to import or export your labeled connections

# Load the ModulImport-Module "$env:ProgramFiles\windows admin center\PowerShell\Modules\ConnectionTools"# Available cmdlets: Export-Connection, Import-Connection# Export connections (including tags) to a .csv fileExport-Connection "https : //" -fileName "WAC-connections.csv"# Import connections (including tags) from a .csv fileImport-Connection "" -fileName "WAC -connections .csv "# Import connections (including tags) from CSV files and remove any connections not explicitly included in the imported file by using switch parameter WAC-Connections -prune Import-Connection "https://" -fileName " use .csv" -crop

CSV file format for importing connections

The CSV file format starts with the four headers"Name", "Type", "Tags", "Group ID", followed by each connection on a new line.

Nameis the FQDN of the connection

writesis the connection type. The default connections included in Windows Admin Center use one of the following:

connection typeconnection string
Windows Servermsft.sme.connectiontype.server
PC mit Windows
switching clustermsft.sme.connection-type.cluster
Hyperkonvergenter Clustermsft.sme.connection-type.hyper-converged-cluster

hang tagsThey are separated by pipes.

group identificationused for common connections. use the valueglobalin this column to make this a shared connection.


Changing shared connections is restricted to gateway administrators: any user can use PowerShell to change their personal connection list.

Sample CSV file to import connections

"nombre","tipo","etiquetas","groupId""","msft.sme.connection-type.server","hyperv""","msft.sme .tipo de conexió","hyperv""","msft.sme.tipo de conexión.cluster","legacyCluster|WS2016","global""", msft.sme.connection-type.hyper-converged-cluster","myHCIcluster|hyperv|JIT|WS2019""","msft.sme.connection-type.server","legacyCluster|WS2016", "global""","msft.sme.connection-type.server","myHCIcluster|hyperv|JIT|WS2019"

Import RDCman connections

Use the following script to export saved connectionsRDCmanto a file. You can then import the file into Windows Admin Center and use tags to manage RDCMan's grouping hierarchy. Try it!

  1. Copy and paste the following code into your PowerShell session:

    #Helper function for RdgToWacCsvfunction AddServers { param ( [Parameter(Required = $true)] [Xml.XmlLinkedNode] $node, [Parameter()] [String[]] $tags, [Parameter(Required = $true)] [String ] $csvPath ) if ($node.LocalName -eq 'server') { $serverName = $ $tagString = $tags -join "|" Add-Content -Path $csvPath -Value ('"'+ $serverName + '","msft.sme.connection-type.server","'+ $tagString +'"') } elseif ($node.LocalName - eq 'group' -o $node.LocalName -eq 'file') { $groupName = $ $tags+=$groupName $currNode = $ while ($currNode) { AddServers -node $ currNode -tags $tags -csvPath $csvPath $currNode = $currNode.NextSibling } } else { # Node type is not relevant for tagging or adding connections in WAC } return}<#.SYNOPSIS Converts a .rdg file from the remote Desktop Connection Manager in a CSV file that can be imported into Windows Admin Center, with groups managed via server tags. This will not modify the existing .rdg file and will create a new .csv file. DESCRIPTION Converts an RDG file to a CSV file that can be imported into Windows Admin Center. .PARAMETER RDGfilepath The path of the .rdg file to convert. This file is not changed, only read. .PARAMETER CSV directory Optional. The directory to which you want to export the new CSV file. If not specified, the new file will be created in the same directory as the .rdg file. .EXAMPLE C:\PS> RdgToWacCsv -RDGfilepath "rdcmangroup.rdg" #>function RdgToWacCsv { param( [Parameter(Required = $true)] [String] $RDGfilepath, [Parameter(Required = $false)] [String] $ CSVdirectory ) [xml]$RDGfile = Get-Content -Path $RDGfilepath $node = $RDGfile.RDCMan.file if (!$CSVdirectory){ $csvPath = [System.IO.Path]::GetDirectoryName($RDGfilepath) + [ System.IO.Path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($RDGfilepath) + "_WAC.csv" } else { $csvPath = $CSVdirectory + [System.IO.Path]::GetFileNameWithoutExtension($RDGfilepath) + "_WAC.csv" } New -item -Path $csvPath Add-Content -Path $csvPath -Value '"name","type","tags"' AddServers -node $node -csvPath $csvPath Write-Host "Converted $RDGfilepath `nOutput: $csvPath" }
  2. Run the following command to create a CSV file:

    RdgToWacCsv -RDGfilepath "ruta\a\miRDCManfile.rdg"
  3. Import the resulting CSV file into Windows Admin Center and the entire RDCMan pooling hierarchy will be represented by labels in the connection list. For more details seeUse PowerShell to import or export your connections (with labels).

    (Video) Installing and using Windows Admin Center

View PowerShell scripts used in Windows Admin Center

Once you've connected to a server, cluster, or PC, you can reference the PowerShell scripts that trigger the UI actions available in Windows Admin Center. In a tool, click the PowerShell icon in the top app bar. Select a desired command from the drop-down menu to navigate to the corresponding PowerShell script.

Get started with Windows Admin Center (12)


How do I get started with Windows Admin Center? ›

From the Start menu, select Windows Admin Center. Or type Windows Admin Center in the search bar and then select it from the search results. Windows Admin Center opens in your default browser with the URL: https://localhost:6516/ .

What are the prerequisites for Windows Admin Center? ›

Windows Admin Center can be installed on Windows 10 Fall Anniversary Update (1709) or newer, or Windows Server 2016 or newer. To manage Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, or 2012 R2, installation of Windows Management Framework 5.1 is required on those servers. There are no other dependencies.

How much does it cost to use Windows Admin Center? ›

the Windows Admin Center is free of costs: Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing Windows servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, as well as Windows 10 PCs. It is a free product and is ready to use in production.

How long does it take to learn system admin? ›

You need at least 3-5 years of professional work experience in the IT sector to become a systems administrator. If you have no prior working experience, you can apply to entry-level IT jobs, gain a few years of experience and then become a systems administrator.

How do I bypass Windows 11 initial setup? ›

Here is how it works:
  1. Disable the Internet connection before starting setup, e.g., by disconnecting the LAN cable or disabling Wi-Fi.
  2. Windows will display a "Let's connect you to a network" or similar screen. ...
  3. On the screen, use Shift-F10 to open a command prompt window.
  4. Type OOBE\BYPASSNRO and hit the Enter-key.
Jan 26, 2023

What is the difference between Windows Admin Center and Microsoft System 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.

How much does a Windows Server admin make? ›

How much does a Windows Server Administrator make? The average Windows Server Administrator salary is $88,598 as of January 26, 2023, but the salary range typically falls between $80,110 and $105,791.

Is Windows Admin Center free? ›

Windows Admin Center is a customer-deployed, browser-based app for managing servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs. It comes at no additional cost beyond Windows and is ready to use in production.

How does Windows Admin Center connect to server? ›

To add a server to Windows Admin Center:
  1. Click + Add under All Connections.
  2. Choose to add Servers.
  3. Type the name of the server and, if prompted, the credentials to use.
  4. Click Add to finish.
Mar 29, 2022

Does Windows Admin Center use IIS? ›

With Preview 1909, Microsoft introduces an extension for Windows Admin Center (WAC) to manage IIS web services. In its first release, it already covers most functions of the conventional IIS Manager, but the WAC extension uses a different naming convention that might be confusing for administrators.

How much should I pay someone to install a window? ›

Homeowners can expect to pay an average of $100–$300 per window or $38–$40 per hour. More complicated installations (including oversized and specialty windows) can increase labor costs by $800 – $1,200 per window. While a standard installation takes about an hour, large jobs could last six hours or more.

How much do Windows licenses cost? ›

Buy Windows from Microsoft: $139 - $199

You can get Windows 10 Home (opens in new tab) or Windows 11 Home for $139 (opens in new tab). And you can get Windows 10 Pro (opens in new tab) or Windows 11 Pro for $199 (opens in new tab).

Can I be a system administrator with no experience? ›

As an entry-level employee, you are not expected to have any professional experience, but completing an internship can help you stand out from other system administrators.

What are the 4 types of administrators? ›

Here are the four types of system administrators based on their roles and responsibilities:
  • Network Administrators. Network administrators manage the entire network infrastructure of an organization. ...
  • Database Administrators. ...
  • Server/Web Administrators. ...
  • Security Systems Administrators.
Feb 6, 2023

Is system admin a stressful job? ›

The stresses of the job can and will weigh us down with crushing force. Most sysadmin positions require close attention to multiple systems, while also meeting tight deadlines for implementation, and for many, the ever-present "24/7 on-call" expectation. It is easy to feel the heat from these types of obligations.

What happens if I install Windows 11 without a product key? ›

No worries you can just clean install and your Windows will be activated as you have a digital license. As Windows 10 is preinstalled you have a Digital license. A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 11) is a method of activation in Windows 11 that doesn't require you to enter a product key.

Can I log into Windows 11 without a password? ›

If you sign in to Windows with a local account, you can choose not to enter a password. However, we don't recommend this—it's the least secure way to sign in to your PC.

Can you use Windows 11 without activation key? ›

Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 11, you'll need either a digital license or a 25-character product key to activate it. Without one of these, you won't be able to activate your device.

Does System Center include SQL? ›

All of the System Center products include SQL Server technology. Microsoft's licensing terms for these products allow you to run one instance of the SQL Server technology in one physical or virtual operating system environment (OSE) on one server, but only to support the System Center software.

What is the purpose of Microsoft System Center? ›

Simplify the deployment, configuration, management, and monitoring of your infrastructure and virtualized software-defined datacenter, while increasing agility and performance.

What type of administrator makes the most money? ›

Administrative Staff

What is the highest paying administrative job? ›

High-paying administrative jobs
  • Business administrator. ...
  • Freight agent. ...
  • Facilities manager. ...
  • Administrator. ...
  • Contract administrator. ...
  • Coding manager. National average salary: $70,792 per year. ...
  • Senior executive assistant. National average salary: $74,307 per year. ...
  • Database administrator. National average salary: $97,480 per year.
Feb 22, 2021

How much do Office 365 administrators make? ›

How much does a Microsoft 365 Administrator make? As of Feb 6, 2023, the average annual pay for a Microsoft 365 Administrator in the United States is $71,377 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $34.32 an hour.

Do you have to pay for SCCM? ›

It's actually a part of a suite of products, and can result in some costly and/or complicated licensing schemas per Microsoft. For example, SCCM requires both a server and client management license to be purchased.

Is office365 admin free? ›

Microsoft 365 Admin Center | Try It Now, Free.

What ports does Windows Admin Center use? ›

When you install Windows Admin Center on Windows 10, it uses port 6516 by default, but you have the option to specify a different port. You can also create a desktop shortcut and let Windows Admin Center manage your TrustedHosts.

What port does admin center use? ›

Windows Admin Center communicates outbound securely to endpoints over TCP port 443. By default, the Windows Admin Center gateway and browser uses the default route to the internet to perform actions. You can optionally configure the gateway to use a proxy server if your network requires it.

How do I access Windows Admin Center remotely? ›

Windows Admin Center works on Windows 10, but will not allow remote access. It will launch like an application instead of service and can only be used from the computer it launches from.

Is Windows Admin Center useful? ›

Windows Admin Center gives you full control over all aspects of your server infrastructure and is particularly useful for managing servers on private networks that are not connected to the Internet. Windows Admin Center is the modern evolution of "in-box" management tools, like Server Manager and MMC.

Is IIS outdated? ›

Internet Information Services (IIS) - Microsoft Lifecycle | Microsoft Learn. This browser is no longer supported. Upgrade to Microsoft Edge to take advantage of the latest features, security updates, and technical support.

How do I know if Windows Admin Center is running? ›

On the server, open Task Manager > Services and make sure ServerManagementGateway / Windows Admin Center is running.

How do I start as an administrator? ›

Steps to start an application as an administrator

Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you right-click the executable file or the icon for the application, and then select Run as. Select The following user. In the User name and Password boxes, type the administrator account and password, and then select OK.

How do I start System Center? ›

To open the Operations console, click Start, select Microsoft System Center\Operations Console.

What are the 3 basic skills of administrator? ›

Within this definition, successful administration appears to rest on three basic skills, which we will call technical, human, and conceptual.

Is being an admin easy? ›

Some might believe that being an administrative assistant is easy. That's not the case, administrative assistants work extremely hard. They are educated individuals, who have charming personalities, and can pretty much do anything.

Can anyone be an administrator? ›

You don't need any formal qualifications for most administrator roles. However, if you want to, you could consider a business degree or business-related national vocational qualification (NVQ). Training provider City & Guilds has information about lots of work-based qualifications on their website.

Is System Center the same as SCCM? ›

SCCM was part of the Microsoft Systems Center product suite but is now part of Endpoint Manager. System Center Configuration Manager or SCCM is reliant on single infrastructure to unify physical machines and virtual machines. It also provides tools to aid IT administrators in terms of access control.

How do I enable SCCM on Windows 10? ›

Enable Windows 10 servicing using SCCM
  1. Launch ConfigMgr console.
  2. Navigate to the Administration workspace. ...
  3. Select the top-level site in the hierarchy. ...
  4. Click the Classification tab from Software Update Point Component Properties.
  5. Click on UPGRADE and enable the checkmark for upgrade options.
May 30, 2022

What is System Center used for? ›

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a Windows product that enables the management, deployment and security of devices and applications across an enterprise. Amongst other potential uses, administrators will commonly use SCCM for endpoint protection, patch management and software distribution.


1. How to Install Windows Admin Center
(CBT Nuggets)
2. How to install and configure Windows Admin Center on Windows server 2019 or Windows 10
3. How to Install Windows Admin Center on Windows 10
(MSFT WebCast)
4. How to Add or Connect Windows 10 Machine with Windows Admin Center
(Labs Hands On)
5. How to Install Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019
(MSFT WebCast)
6. How to use Windows Admin Center in the Azure Portal
(Microsoft Azure)


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Kareem Mueller DO

Last Updated: 05/10/2023

Views: 6163

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (66 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kareem Mueller DO

Birthday: 1997-01-04

Address: Apt. 156 12935 Runolfsdottir Mission, Greenfort, MN 74384-6749

Phone: +16704982844747

Job: Corporate Administration Planner

Hobby: Mountain biking, Jewelry making, Stone skipping, Lacemaking, Knife making, Scrapbooking, Letterboxing

Introduction: My name is Kareem Mueller DO, I am a vivacious, super, thoughtful, excited, handsome, beautiful, combative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.