Windows Admin Center 1809.5 GA Update and Lenovo XClarity extension are publicly available


Windows Admin Center version 1809.5, which was released to Windows Insiders last December, is now publicly available as a GA (Generally Available) update. Version 1809.5 is a cumulative update to our 1809 GA release from last September which includes various quality and functional improvements and bug fixes throughout the product. Users who have installed version 1809.5 through the Windows Insider Program can continue to use the same version. Users with previous versions installed can install the update through Microsoft Update or install now from aka.ms/WindowsAdminCenter.

Today, we also are excited to announce the release of Lenovo's XClarity Integrator extension for Windows Admin Center! The XClarity Integrator extension takes hardware management to the next level by seamlessly integrating into various experiences within Windows Admin Center. The XClarity Integrator solution provides a high-level view of all your Lenovo servers, and different tool extensions provide hardware details whether you are connected to a single server, failover cluster or a hyper-converged cluster. Learn more about the Lenovo XClarity Integrator extension, download from the Windows Admin Center Extension Manager and try it out today!

Windows Admin Center Version 1809.5 Release Summary

General

  • Accessibility improvements
  • Notification message improvements
  • Certificate handling improvements for upgrades
  • New splash screen when loading Windows Admin Center

Hyper-V

  • Add/remove virtual disk or drive for running VMs
  • VM Connect web console now works in the Virtual Machines tool on Failover Cluster and HCI Cluster connections
  • VM state refresh time is improved on Windows Server 2019 HCI clusters
  • Azure Site Recovery protection status is shown for VMs across all cluster nodes
  • VM health alerts now show VM name instead of VM ID

Clustering

  • UI improvements for Cluster Aware Updating

Extension Manager

  • User-installed extensions are persisted across Windows Admin Center upgrades
  • Increased resiliency against extension errors

Hyper-converged infrastructure

  • Multi-select bulk actions for drives, volumes, and servers

    With full support for Shift/Ctrl + click keyboard shortcuts, confirmation dialogs, and improved notifications. For example, you can now delete multiple volumes with just one click.

  • Monitor storage per-server

    How much storage capacity is used per server, and how much needs to repair (normal after restarting), is now visible on the Server detail. Now you can track exactly how resync is progressing without relying on Get-StorageJob!

  • Better network activity monitoring

    The Server detail page now has separate charts for non-RDMA and RDMA networking, each showing inbound and outbound traffic separately (summed over all adapters in the server). In addition to the new features described above, this update also brings many other minor fixes and improvements throughout HCI.


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