One of the really nice features in Windows 8 Server is the re-vamped Server Manager. I have to admit, I like it a LOT, mainly because as you add more servers in your environment to the interface, Server Manager brings in information from each system and starts fleshing out the interface with dynamic groups based on installed server roles. Not to mention the ability to create your own server groups.
By default, any Windows 8 Server can manage all the other Windows 8 Servers in your environment (assuming common credentials between them), but what about earlier versions of Windows?
As much as it feels weird to refer to Windows Server 2008 R2 as an “earlier” version of Windows, in the world of Windows 8 Server that’s exactly what it is.
If you add a Server 2008 R2 system to the Server Manager console in Windows 8 Server, you’ll get the following error message:
“Not accessible – Verify earlier versions of Windows run the Management WTR package”
I tried to overcome this in the Developer Preview – basically it hinges on Windows 8 Server running newer Windows Management Framework (WMF) technology, so there’s a disconnect between the two kernel versions. Installing versions 3.0 CTP1 and CTP2 on Server 2008 R2 didn’t overcome this, but there’s been a Beta release of WMF3, and this solves the issue.
First, download and install the correct version of Windows Management Framework 3.0 from here.
Reboot when finished.
Then, launch a PowerShell windows as an Administrator and enter the following:
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
Configure-SMRemoting.ps1 -force -enable
Once complete, go back to Server Manager on the Windows 8 Server system, right-click the server and select Refresh. All being well, the Windows 8 Server will now be able to talk to the Server 2008 R2 system, will query it correctly and will start creating and fleshing out dynamic groups based on whatever roles are detected.
If you’re interested in more detailed reading on the TechNet pages I grabbed all the relevant information from, here they are:
- Manage multiple, remote servers with Server Manager – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831456.aspx
- Remote Management with Server Manager – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759202.aspx