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Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

Server Core Configuration tool - now available

Server Core Configuration tool - now available

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Some of you may remember a free tool that you could use to configure Windows Server 2008 core (basically a simple GUI that allowed you to setup the system), unfortunately this tool was removed from the web.

This *new* tool is uncomplied code (Script based) so you can even include your own additions in required.


Its available at :

This Tool is a collection of scripts which will help provision and configure a Base Windows 2008 Server Core installation, The Server Core Configurator enables you to do all those 'little jobs' via a GUI, quickly and easily!

Product Licencing
Networking Features
DCPromo Tool
ISCSI Settings
Server Roles and Features
User and Group Permissions
Share Creation and Deletion
Firewall Settings
Display Settings
Add & Remove Drivers
Screensaver Settings
Windows Updates (Including WSUS)
and so much more...


Thanks to Andrew Auret / Tony Ison (colleagues in Microsoft UK for this tool).

If you like it, leave me a comment and I'll pass these on to Andrew and Tony.


  • Is there a document that tells you how to write UI using WinAPI for Server Core?

  • Andrew says:

    "No, not entirely - If you need to do any UI type program in Server Core then the only choice you have is to develop in VB6 or at a lower level C,C++ . The absence of the Framework in Server Core does not give us much of an option. What exactly are you looking at doing?"

  • Since the launch of Windows Server 2008 a lot of configuration tools have been released to help administrators

  • I remember pretty well when Guy Teverovsky shared his CoreConfigurator tool, to help Server Core Systems

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