Microsoft has added Windows Update to its emerging Server Management Tools, which are currently available at the preview stage.
Server Management Tools are a bunch of solutions that are particularly designed for managing headless servers, such as Microsoft's new Nano Server option, but they can also be used to manage Windows Server or the small-footprint Server Core deployment option.
IT pros expecting to use Microsoft's familiar Group Policy solutions to control Nano Server don't have that option.
Management happens via a set of emerging Power Shell cmdlets or Desired State Configuration can be used, Microsoft explained this week.
The Windows Update capability permits organizations to view updates and install them to a remote server.
They can schedule remote server restarts, and monitor the success of an update installation. The Windows Update capability was added to Technical Preview 4 of Windows Server 2016, per Microsoft's announcement, although Windows Server 2016 is currently available at Technical Preview 5. It lacks a graphical user interface (GUI) and typically relies on the use of command-line tools for management, such as Windows Power Shell.
However, Microsoft's Server Management Tools are browser based and include both command-line and GUI interfaces.