SQL Server Central Management Server is a feature that allows an instance of SQL Server that is designated as a Central Management Server to maintain server groups containing the connection information for one or more instances of SQL Server.

An instance of SQL Server that is designated as a Central Management Server maintains server groups that contain the connection information for one or more instances of SQL Server. Transact-SQL statements and Policy-Based Management policies can be executed at the same time against server groups. You can also view the SQL Server log files on instances that are managed through a Central Management Server. Versions of SQL Server that are earlier than SQL Server 2008 cannot be designated as a Central Management Server.