There are a variety of tools, technologies and installation options that are available included in Windows Server “Longhorn” to improve the management experience of single and multiple servers across an enterprise.

Server Manager Console
Windows Server “Longhorn” eases the task of managing and securing multiple server roles in an enterprise with the new Server Manager Console.  Server Manager in Windows Server “Longhorn” provides a single source for managing a server’s identity and system information, displaying server status, identifying problems with server role configuration, and managing all roles installed on the server.
The Server Manager console is a new Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in which provides a consolidated view of the server, including information about server configuration, status of installed roles, and commands for adding and removing roles and features.

Initial Configuration Tasks
The Initial Configuration Tasks window is a new feature in Windows Server "Longhorn" that opens automatically after the operating system installation process is complete, and helps the administrator finish the setup and initial configuration of a new server. It includes tasks such as setting the Administrator password, changing the name of the Administrator account to improve the security of the server, joining the server to an existing domain, and enabling Windows Update and Windows Firewall.

Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell is a new command line shell and task-based scripting technology that provides information technology (IT) administrators comprehensive control and automation of system administration tasks, increasing administrator productivity

 

Remote Management
IT Professionals can use the Windows Remote Shell (WinSH) tool to remotely manage servers or to obtain management data through Window Remote Management (WinRM) and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) objects on remote servers.

 

Task Scheduling based on Events
The Longhorn Task Scheduler MMC snap-in helps you schedule automated tasks.  It maintains a library of all scheduled tasks, which provides an organized, convenient point of access for managing them

 

Event Subscriptions
Longhorn and Windows Vista include the ability to collect copies of events from multiple remote computers and store them locally. To specify which events to collect, you create an event subscription. Among other details, the subscription specifies exactly which events will be collected and in which log they will be stored locally. Once a subscription is active and events are being collected, you can view and manipulate these forwarded events as you would any other locally stored events.