Announcing Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1803 and RSAT Insider Preview for Windows 10

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Hello Windows Insiders!

Today we are pleased to release Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1803 to Windows Server Insiders. Also available is the Insider preview package of Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10 Insider build 17110 or higher.

Available Content

  • Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1803
  • Remote Server Administration Tools Build 17108

What’s New in RSAT

This preview build of Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) can be installed on Windows 10 Insider build 17110 or higher.

FIXED: DNS server tools are now correctly installed as part of the RSAT package.
FIXED: Shielding data files and template disks can now be created by their respective wizards in the RSAT package.
KNOWN ISSUE: The x86 RSAT package may fail during installation on Windows 10 builds older than 17110, and on builds other than the 171xx series.

What’s New in Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1803

Release Summary

In this iteration, we resolved 430 bugs, as well as the following feature improvements –

Access Control

Major new functionality in this release — we have added Azure Active Directory (AAD) based access control. Using AAD identities, you can configure conditional access policies that require Multi-Factor authentication, device compliance, and more. You can find instructions to configure this in the Azure Active Directory section of the Gateway access documentation.

Known issue with AAD authentication: If you are using a self-signed certificate, AAD authentication will fail in Microsoft Edge. To work around this issue, you must use a valid certificate or choose to trust the self-signed certificate on your machine where you are running the Edge browser.


We’ve updated the logging schema to include more details for auditing and troubleshooting. Previously, the only details logged were the module, user on the target node, and the PowerShell script or CIM call executed. Now events are logged with these parameters:

  • Module: which tool triggered the action being logged
  • CIM call, PowerShell script name, or file uploaded
  • Gateway from which the action occurred
  • UserOnGateway: the username used to access the Honolulu gateway
  • UserOnTarget: the username used to access the target node (if different from the gateway user)
  • LAPS: Boolean showing whether LAPS was used to connect to the target node

These events are logged on the target node in event channel Microsoft-ServerManagementExperience with event ID 4000.

Resizable Panes and Columns

New UI functionality – resizable UI elements! You can now resize the follow components:

  • Tool menu
  • Details pane
  • Overview
  • All datagrid and datatree columns (Grids that support grouping are not yet supported.)

Tool Improvements

Finally, we have added new functionality to the following existing tools:

  • Certificates – Added Request & Renew certificate functionality.
  • Files – Download or upload whole folders with automatic zip and unzip.
  • Processes

o   Added more information in the details pane: Services, Handles, and Modules.

o   Processes are now grouped by default when managing the local Windows 10 PC.

  • Services – View and edit additional settings such as startup parameters, user account, and recovery options.
  • Storage Volumes – Ability to enable quotas using the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) role service
  • Updates – The update tool now respects the WSUS setting in your environment and gives you the option to check online for updates as in the desktop tool.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

The Hyper-Converged Cluster connection includes several significant new features in 1803, including:

  1. Storage jobs like repair and rebalance are now visible directly on the objects they affect:
  2. You can toggle deduplication and compression on/off for each volume with one click:

…and more!

To learn more about what’s new for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, check out this video.

Hyper-Converged Cluster Known Issues

You will need a recent Windows Server Insider build to create an HCI cluster.

Storage jobs sometimes say they started in the year 1601. This is unlikely to be correct and is being investigated. Although they can run long, storage jobs generally finish within a few hours of when they start.

The checkbox for deduplication and compression in the ‘Create volume’ pane may be disabled even if the Data Deduplication feature is installed. If this happens, the workaround is to use the rocker switch on the Volume page to enable deduplication and compression.

When filtering the Inventory grid, the count of items does not update.

Microsoft Update

We have built the foundation for Honolulu to be updated via Microsoft Update. If you do not have the “Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows” setting enabled on the machine, the Honolulu installer will give the choice to toggle it during deployment.

How to Download 

To obtain the Insider software downloads, registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

It’s all about your feedback! 

The most important part of a frequent release cycle is to hear what’s working and what needs to be improved, so your feedback is extremely valued. Use your registered Windows 10 Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application. In the app, choose the Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. Please indicate what build number you are providing feedback on. We also encourage you to visit the Windows Server Insiders space or the Windows Server Management – Project Honolulu space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.

Terms of Use

All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use, which takes precedence over any license agreement that may be in the product.

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