Server Manager is a tool that allows you to perform most administrative tasks on Windows Server 2008, from server services such as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP … to system components such as .NET Framework 3.0, Network load balancing, Group Policy Management …; From the firewall system, user and group management to system backup services, disk management …, Server Manager tool is the result of a perfect combination of management tools on previous Windows versions.
Server Manager will start automatically as soon as you log on to the Windows Server system if you want to reopen it, then do the following:
Right-click and choose Computer on the desktop
From the Start menu, select Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager
From the Start menu, select Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager.
Click the Server Manager icon on the Quick Launch of the Taskbar.
Components in Server Manager
When working with Server Manager, you will work with 5 main components
Roles allow adding and removing Server services. Here, you can also manage the data details corresponding to each service
Features allow to add and remove components on Windows Server 2008. This function is similar to Add / Remove Windows Components in previous Windows versions
Diagnostics integrates Event Viewer, Reliability and Performance, and Device Manager.
The configuration includes Local User and Groups tools, Task Scheduler, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, WMI Control and Services.
Storage integrates two Windows Server Backup and Disk Management tools
System administration with Server Manager
1. Managing Server Services (Roles)
To open the Server Services Manager window, select the Roles item in the left pane of the Server Manager screen. On Windows Server 2008 in general, you can deploy all 16 server services, such as Active Directory Domain Services to servers such as DHCP, DNS, Web …
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To set any server service, check the corresponding box on the Select Server Roles dialog box. Next, click the Install button to begin. In the setup process, depending on the specific characteristics of each server service, you will fill in the information and perform the necessary operations to process.
2. Managing components (Features)
To open the component management window, select the Features section in the left pane of the Server Manager screen. On Windows Server 2008 you can interact with all 35 components.
To install any component, check the corresponding box on the Select Features dialog box. Next, click the Install button to begin. In the setup process, depending on the individual characteristics of each component, you will fill in the information and perform the necessary operations to complete the process.
3. System configuration includes the following system configurations:
Local Users and Groups: this tool to manage local user and group objects on Windows Server 2008
Task Scheduler: Tool that allows you to schedule to execute tasks on the system according to your requirements
The Advanced Security Windows Firewall which is a combination of windows firewall and internet protocol Security on earlier versions of windows. In addition to packet filtering, this firewall is also capable of controlling services.
4. Managing storage space and backing up data (Storage)
By default, Windows Server Backup is not ready for use on Windows Server 2008, so you need to add this component to your system when you use it.