A: Windows Server 2012 Server Manager allows management of multiple servers concurrently. However, for remote roles and feature installation, only a single server can be specified. To install roles and features to multiple servers concurrently, use this Windows PowerShell cmdlet:

Install-WindowsFeature cmdlet 

and call using this cmdlet:

Invoke-Command

passing the list of computers. For example, using the commands in this manner

  1. PS C:\> $cred = Get-Credential
  2. PS C:\> Invoke-Command -ComputerName savdalbfs08, savdalscs01 -Credential $cred -scriptblock {Install-WindowsFeature desktop-experience -Restart -WhatIf}

results in the following output (note that I have used -whatif, which means nothing will actually happen):


  1. What if: Checking if running in 'WhatIf' Mode.
  2. What if: Checking if running in 'WhatIf' Mode.
  3. What if: Performing installation for "[User Interfaces and Infrastructure] Desktop Experience".
  4. What if: Performing installation for "[Ink and Handwriting Services] Ink Support".
  5. What if: Performing installation for "[Ink and Handwriting Services] Ink and Handwriting Services".
  6. What if: Performing installation for "[Media Foundation] Media Foundation".
  7. What if: This server may need to be restarted after the installation completes.

  8. Success Restart Needed Exit Code Feature Result PSComputerName
  9. ------- -------------- --------- -------------- --------------
  10. True Maybe Success {Desktop Experience, Ink Support, Ink and ... savdalscs01
  11. What if: Performing installation for "[User Interfaces and Infrastructure] Desktop Experience".
  12. What if: Performing installation for "[Ink and Handwriting Services] Ink Support".
  13. What if: Performing installation for "[Ink and Handwriting Services] Ink and Handwriting Services".
  14. What if: Performing installation for "[Media Foundation] Media Foundation".
  15. What if: This server may need to be restarted after the installation completes.
  16. True Maybe Success {Desktop Experience, Ink Support, Ink and ... savdalbfs08