Windows Server 2008 R2 provides a web service that is required by ADAC and native AD-Cmdlets of PowerShell, that service in known as ADWS and its part of proverbial ADMGS framework. So ADMGS equals ADWS out-of-box. The service lets Server 2008 R2 AD PowerShell cmdlets and other applications work against the DCs with ADMGS installed. And its final version has been released with Windows Server 2008 R2 which hit RTM earlier this week. That ADMGS framework and comparison of changes from 2008 to 2008 R2 was briefly discussed in a Brian Desmond’s webcast a few months back.
Something not part of the original plan and considered due to high demand is that now you have ADWS add-on service/functionality available to manage your down-level DCs such as Windows Server 2003 and 2008 (non-R2). This means you don’t have to be at 2008 R2 FFL to run this.
Below is excerpted from ADPoSH Blog :
- Visit http://connect.microsoft.com and enter the invitation ID ADWS-FDBT-CVJK on the home page.
- Sign in using your live/hotmail ID
- Active Directory Management Gateway Service download details and instructions will be available to you on MS Connect site – http://connect.microsoft.com/ADWS/
Once you have it installed, you can take advantage of native AD PowerShell Cmdlets. This certainly adds good competitiveness to the cmdlets world and Quest Active Roles QAD cmdlets finally have something to compete against.