After we launched Windows Vista, a number of you commented to me that there was no way to install the Windows Server 2003 AdminPak (adminpak.msi) on Windows Vista to manage your existing infrastructure. Though we did publish a KB document on how to get these tools working in Vista, it is not as clean as it was in Windows XP.
As we get further into the release cycle for Windows Server codename Longhorn, and as Rick and Rod head on on the Future of the Server Room Tour, I wanted to get your input on what administration tools that would run on Longhorn look like. Should it be similar to what we had before, or should we leverage the new Server Manager functionality and make it work on Vista? Should the tools in Vista manage Longhorn servers only or previous versions? Which versions should be managed and which features/functionality?
Let us know what you think server management tools should look like in Windows Vista by leaving a comment.