A while ago I got SQL Server (only the database engine) running on Server core and then found out that this wasn’t going to be a supported scenario for SQL Server 2008 R2. However with the launch of SQL Server Denali this will be supported scenario but now it’s a little more complicated to do.
Before I go into that what is Windows Server Core and why does this evangelist consider it important?
It is a lightweight version of windows with the bare minimum of components needed to run infrastructure services like domains, file and print, and IIS. Originally only asp sites could be supported but with the launch of Windows Server 2008 R2 there was enough of the .Net 3.5 framework in there to support asp.Net websites and to run SQL Server. In fact it is so lightweight there are only a few interfaces in there:
While this cripples the server if you are trying to work on it directly it gives a number of advantages:
Server Core is also pretty fast to install just over 5 minutes from a clean virtual machine on my admittedly awesome Dell Precision M6500 and I hope this equally short video (under 4 mins) will help if you want to try it yourself:
Great job on the video! Keep it up!
Which sw have you used to record video?
Yusuf, I use Camtasia 7.1. I use remote desktop to connect to my demo rig which is running Hyoer-V so I don't install Camtasia alongside hyper-V