Windows Admin Center is a locally deployed, browser-based app for managing Windows servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows PCs. It is a free product that can be used in production. In this article, we shall discuss how to Apply and Enable Automatic Windows Admin Center Update. Please see How to set up Windows Admin Center on a Windows Server, how to Install Windows Admin Center on Windows 10 and Windows 11, How to schedule and run update via Windows Admin Center, and how to Test Network Connection to Windows Admin Center Gateway.
You can update non-preview versions of Windows Admin Center by using Microsoft Update (click on Settings > Updates and click Install Updates button to install the latest available update for Windows Admin Center). Or by manually downloading and installing Windows Admin Center. Each non-preview version of Windows Admin Center is supported until 30 days after the next non-preview version is released.
At the time of writing this article, Windows Admin Center version 2306 is now generally available. You can read more about it from this link. Here is How to Fix “Some Settings Are Managed by Your Organization” Error in Windows Update“.
Apply Windows Admin Center Update
Click on the question (?) icon at the top right as shown in the image below. Next, click on Update Available.
The option to install updates is available and will be displayed if there is a new update pending installation. If there are no updates available for Windows Admin Center, you will not be able to see the window below.
To apply the updates, please click on “Install updates” as shown below. You could also choose to install this update at a later time by using the “Scheduled Installation”.
Note: When the Windows Admin Center is updating, you will not have access to any options until the update is installed.
Enable Automatic Windows Admin Center Update
You can enable the option to automatically update the Windows Admin Center by following the steps below.
Launch the Windows Admin Center in your browser. Sign-in and click on Settings. Next, you will have to toggle the button to automatically update Windows Admin Center as shown below.
Then you will be prompted to enter your credentials to connect to the host. For me, I will be using the second option “use another account for this connection”. When this is done, click on continue.
Manually update WAC
As you can see, this feature is still in preview and as such it does not work correctly.
In order to apply the latest Windows Admin Center version, please please download the .msi and run it manually. Here is a link to Windows Admin center Release History. Please see How to Upgrade Windows Admin Center Manually.
On the WAC gateway configuration window, the first and last options are checked by default. I have decided to check the “Use WinRM over HTTPS Only”.
You will see the Windows Admin Center has been updated to the latest version.
You don’t have to restart your computer after updating the Windows Admin Centre except when prompted as shown below
As you can see, we are running a new Windows Admin Center version with Build number 1.5.2306.14001.
Summary on WAC
Windows Admin Center is designed for managing a single server or cluster. It complements but does not replace existing Microsoft monitoring and management solutions, such as Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), System Center, Intune, or Azure Stack.
I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to Apply and Enable Automatic Windows Admin Center Update. Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions.