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Windows Admin Center Preview 1902 is now available for Insiders - here's what's new

It's been some time since the last major update to the Windows Admin Center, which is still on version 1812, but Microsoft is looking to release another one soon. The company today released Windows Admin Center Preview 1902 to Insiders, which indicates that a general release is set to happen soon.

The latest preview introduces a few improvements, including shared connection lists for members of the same Windows Admin Center Gateway. There are also some new software-defined networking tools in the Hyper Converged Infrastructure solution. Microsoft also notes that it has released a new script for bringing saved connections from the Remote Desktop Manager to Windows Admin Center. Here's the full changelog:

Shared connections

We’re excited to release a highly-requested feature: a single connection list that can be shared across all users of a WAC gateway.

To add servers, clusters, and PCs as shared connections, you must be a WAC gateway administrator. Go to WAC Gateway Settings > Shared Connections, and then add servers, clusters, and PC as you normally would. You can tag servers in this pane as well, and these tags will appear for all users. The tags are immutable from the home “All Connections” page, meaning WAC users cannot change tags on shared server connections.

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

New Tool – Access Control List management (SDN)

With SDN, you can use access control lists (ACLs) to manage data traffic flow using Datacenter Firewall and ACLs on virtual subnets. You can enable and configure Datacenter Firewall rules by creating ACLs that get applied to a virtual subnet.

New Tool – Gateway Connection (SDN)

SDN Gateway is a software-based, multitenant, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) capable router designed for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and Enterprises that host multiple tenant virtual networks using Hyper-V Network Virtualization.

In the Gateway Connection tool, you can manage and monitor your gateway connections in an SDN environment. It supports all three types of gateway connections – IPSEC, GRE and L3.

For more information about Gateways, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/networking/sdn/technologies/network-function-virtualization/ras-gateway-for-sdn

New Tool – Logical Network Management (SDN)

VM networks are abstract objects that act as an interface to logical networks. In a virtualized network environment, by using the VM networks, you can abstract virtual machines from the underlying logical network.

In the Logical Network tool, you can manage and monitor your logical network.

For more information about Logical Networks, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/networking/sdn/plan/plan-a-software-defined-network-infrastructure

SDN Feature enhancement – Connect VM to VLAN or Virtual Network

Based on customer feedback, now you can choose to connect a VM to a VLAN or a Virtual Network in your SDN environment.

As you would expect with preview software, there's a couple of known issues with this build. These include a bug affecting Virtual Hard Drives (VHDs) in Virtual Machines (VMs). Here's what you'll want to be aware of:

Virtual machines – When adding a new VHD to a VM, and selecting the option to add a new, empty disk, you can’t save your changes. [20420660]

Network – If you have configured an Azure Network Adapter, the value under Microsoft Azure Virtual Network Gateway Address will be formatted as a hyperlink but leads to an invalid address. [20420185]

You can download the latest preview of Windows Admin Center from the Windows Server Insider Preview page, under 'Additional downloads'. You can also get build 18334 of the Windows Server Insider Preview, which was released just last week.

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