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Today, we are releasing an update (“hotfix”) to our latest generally available version of Windows Admin Center! Windows Admin Center version 2110.2 is now in Public Preview. Thank you to our customers, partners, and fans for helping us to continue to improve and make Windows Admin Center better! We’re working constantly to ensure users of our product have the best user experience.
We’ve been working diligently to address feedback from our 2110 release in November of last year. In this update of our 2110 release, we’ve made major bug fixes to Role-based Access Control (RBAC), the connections page’s search feature, as well as bug fixes in several extensions.
Windows Admin Center now enables HSTS support!
Enabled HSTS support! HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a policy mechanism that helps protect your website by forcing the browser to only open websites with secure HTTPS connections only. This will reduce the risk of threats such as protocol downgrade attacks and cookie hijacking. HSTS will on by default and always be enabled unless you manually disable it within your browser.
Session expiration & manage-as reauthentication
In the past release, we introduced the session expiration feature, where users can have their UI session of Windows Admin Center expire after some period of inactivity. With this release, users are able to specify the duration time and also require manage-as sessions to reauthenticate after a set time. To use this feature, navigate to the Settings icon on the top-left and select the General tab.
In the 2110 release, some users were unable to utilize gateway access roles or RBAC. In this release, you should be able to effectively manage your gateway access roles again from the Settings page. The Allowed Groups table will now display the roles properly and allow you to add and delete as you see fit. In addition to that, RBAC for Server Manager has been fixed, you are now able to apply and remove RBAC on your machine(s) and delegate privileged and non-privileged roles.
Connections page is fixed
In the 2110 release, users were having a myriad of issues on the connections page such as broken search and tagging. We have resolved the following issues in this release:
- Fixed bug where connection list would initially appear empty after install
- Fixed bug where tags would disappear on import
- Fixed bug where connections were not displaying correctly when filtered
- Fixed bug where adding or removing a node of a cluster or a cluster would cause the cluster machines to disappear from connections list
- Fixed bug where shared connections header was not showing up
- Fixed connection search (by name/tag/etc)
- WAC asking for admin permissions on install fix
- Various bug fixes: Bugs have been fixes across the product and more fixes will continue coming through our extension feed over the next few months.
- Accessibility fixes: Accessibility continues to play a crucial role throughout the product. This release is our most accessible version of Admin Center ever.
v.2.13.0 introduces new and intuitive messaging that will bring more clarity and ease for our users. Fixes to the wizard such as the cluster DNS replication issue, and an upgrade to Angular 11!
We hope you enjoy this latest update of Windows Admin Center, the various new functionality in preview, and all the extensions now available. Learn more and download today!
If your current instance of Windows Admin Center is v2110 or higher, and you have enabled automatic updates, your instance of Admin Center will automatically update over the next 2 weeks! As always, thanks for your ongoing support, adoption, and feedback. Your contributions through user feedback continue to be vital and valuable to us, helping us prioritize and sequence our investments.
Windows Admin Center is continuously evolving and growing as a tool and a platform, and we are beyond thrilled to have you part of our journey.
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Windows Admin Center Team (@servermgmt)
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