SMT preview service is being retired on June 30, 2017

Thank you for participating in the preview of Server management tools (SMT) in Azure. Your feedback is pivotal to how we are modernizing the server management experience. Today, we are announcing our plan to discontinue the SMT preview service in Azure on June 30, 2017. Customers have provided us consistent feedback that while they very…


Manage Hyper-V from SMT, plus tool updates to File Explorer & Device Manager

With Server Management Tools (SMT) as a hosted service, it gives us the ability to deliver functionality incrementally – we want you to have it as soon as it works! We prioritize our new functionality directly based on your feedback – let us know what you’d like to see next! Visit our Uservoice forum to…

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SMT system requirements and how to set up high-availability

As we’ve covered in previous posts, Server management tools (SMT) is a hosted service in Microsoft Azure which allows you to manage your Windows Servers from anywhere, from any platform, for free! This post will dig into system requirements in more detail and explain how to set up your SMT gateway for high-availability. Basic Requirements…


Managing the SMT Gateway Service with Group Policy

You may want to control what machines are allowed to run the SMT Gateway service, or you may require  Multifactor Authentication (MFA) logon to the Azure portal for security or compliance. To enable this, we’ve designed the SMT Gateway service to check for the existence of registry keys. If you are not yet familiar with…

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SMT at Ignite 2016: video resources and follow-up

We had some great conversations with many of you at the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference. Thank you very much for the questions and input! It was so valuable to validate where we’re on the right track, and where we need to invest going forward. Video resources Whether you were at Ignite or not, here are…


Deploy & Setup Server management tools

Server management tools is a new Azure service. To get started, you will need an Azure subscription. If you don’t already have an Azure subscription, check out this link on how to set one up. Once you have the subscription set up, log in to the Azure portal. After logging in successfully, look for Server…

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Now supporting 2012/R2, credential saving, and a bunch of new tools!

Today, we are announcing the addition of one of the most requested features for Server management tools – down-level support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Server management tools was released in public preview several months ago, and we’ve received a lot of feedback from our customers about ways to improve the…

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Troubleshooting issues configuring Server management tools

UPDATE: The troubleshooting guide below has been integrated into the Server management tools menu in the Azure portal! We’ll be continuously updating the content, so click on the “Diagnose and solve problems” menu to see the up-to-date guide if you run into any problems.   Having trouble setting up or using Server management tools? See…


Introducing Server management tools

I am Kriti Jindal, a program manager on the Server management tools team. At last year’s Ignite and Build conferences, Jeffrey Snover (Technical Fellow) and Andrew Mason (Principal PM Manager) first demoed the Server management tools. Server management tools offers a set of web-based GUI and command line tools to manage Windows Servers. Today, we…

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