Microsoft released Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1712 Build 05002 to Windows Server Insiders.  This build contains a couple of top requested features in Virtual Machines and continued with the performance enhancements that lead to faster load times and page rendering.

Project Honolulu is a flexible, lightweight browser-based customer-deployed platform and solution for Windows Server management scenarios for troubleshooting, configuration and maintenance.

What’s New in Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1712 Build 05002

Virtual Machines

Based on high customer request, we now support viewing and changing VM settings while a VM is running, similar to how you can in Hyper-V Manager. On Generation 2 VMs, you can change general settings, memory setting, checkpoint setting and add disks and network adapters.

You can also enable nested virtualization when creating a VM, or from the processor settings of an existing (stopped) VM. This is functionality that was previously only accessible from the command line.


Administrative events are now displayed.

Performance improvements

The new data grid control has been added to all tools except the HCI solution and Storage Replica.

We have started rolling out a new tree control with the same scale and performance improvements as the new data grid. The new tree control is implemented in the Files and Registry tools.

How to Download 

To obtain the Insider software downloads, registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

Known Issues with Project Honolulu Technical Preview 1712 Build 05002

There are no new known issues specific to this release. You can find the complete list of known issues in Project Honolulu here.

If you encounter bugs please post on the Project Honolulu space on Windows Server Tech Community.

Terms of Use

All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use, which takes precedence over any license agreement that may be in the product.