Server Core

  • .NET 3.0 and 3.5 in Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core

    Much like .NET 2.0 in Server Core, .NET 3.0 and 3.5 are also subsets of functionality. Included are: · Windows Communication Framework (WCF) · Windows Workflow Framework (WF) · LINQ The only functionality not included is the Windows Presentation...
  • .NET 2.0 and Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2

    This time I’ll cover what I meant last time by a subset of .NET 2.0, with future posts covering the other additions in more detail. Not everything required for full .NET 2.0 support is included in Server Core. Instead of increasing the Server Core footprint...
  • Server Core changes in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Now that a build of Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released, I can start talking about what we have been working on. In a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation we have: · Active Directory Certificate Services is now an available Server Role...
  • Reducing the Server Core disk footprint

    In the Server Core installation option, there is a way to remove the server roles and optional features from the disk, to free up more space. In addition to reducing disk usage, this could be used to ensure an administrator doesn’t add a role or feature...
  • Ramblings on Server Core

    I did a TechNet Edge interview on Server Core a couple of weeks ago. If you want to hear my ramblings, you can check it out at: http://edge.technet.com/Media/567/ Andrew
  • New Server Core Tips

    A couple of quick tips this time around. If you want to determine if you are running on Server Core from a script, you can do this via WMI. The command line way is: wmic path win32_operatingsystem get OperatingSystemSKU /value The value can then...
  • Configuring the Firewall for Remote Management of a Workgroup Server Core installation

    To follow up my last post, this one will go into more details on option 3 in that post. As mentioned you can simply enable the Remote Administration firewall rules to allow pretty much any MMC to connect (a few require additional configuration as...
  • Configuring the Firewall on Server Core for Remote Management

    Just like on a full server installation, the firewall is on by default in a Server Core installation and most inbound traffic is blocked at the end of setup. There are then three scenarios for remote management via MMC: Server Roles – when a...
  • Server Core at ITForum

    Hi, For those that are attending ITForum next week, there will be a couple of Server Core sessions: SRV304 - Deploying and Remotely Administering Server Core SRV316 - Configuring and Managing Windows Server 2008 Server Core 304 focuses...
  • Server Core in RC0

    RC0 of Windows Server 2008 is out and there are a few changes in Server Core: · Runonce now works · IIS is included as a role – see this blog posting for lots of useful IIS on Server Core information: http://blogs.iis.net/metegokt/archive/2007/06...
  • Server Core TechNet Webcast

    I did a TechNet Web cast on Server Core yesterday. If you missed it, it is now available at: http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032341828%22%2f...
  • IIS in Server Core

    For those of you at TechEd recently or who saw the articles, IIS is now a role included in the Server Core installation option. If you have access to the recently released CTP build, IIS is available for you to start testing. Because Server Core does...
  • Step by Step guide for Server Core

    The Server Core step by step guide is now available in two locations 1 – To read online or print from: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/longhorn/en/library/bab0f1a1-54aa-4cef-9164-139e8bcc44751033.mspx?mfr=true 2 – To download in doc...
  • Server Core changes for Beta 3

    Sorry for the delays between postings lately, working on Beta 3 has been keeping us all busy. Today I’m going to talk briefly about some of the changes and additions we have made to the Server Core installation option for Beta 3. For those of you with...
  • Cmd.exe as a Terminal Services Remote Program

    It has been too long since I last posted, I’ll try to get back on a more regular schedule. Today’s topic will be how to use Terminal Server Remote Programs to publish cmd.exe and allow you to run the Server Core cmd.exe in a window on your Vista or Longhorn...
  • Windows Update and More WMIC samples

    I’m a little behind on my regularly scheduled blog posting, I’ll try to keep up with posting every couple of weeks. You can use Windows Update to patch Server Core, but you first need to turn it one using the following commands: Cscript c:\windows...
  • Server Core changes in the December build

    For those that have access to the new build released in December, this post will cover some new items in Server Core. The build is supposed to be available as part of the January MSDN, so hopefully more of you will have access when that comes out. ...
  • Tips and Tricks Vol. 4

    Some of these may be repeats, but this is a pretty complete list of common tasks an administrator might need to do that either don't have a well known command line tool or a tool at all. A few of these may not work in current builds, such as oclist, but...
  • Tips and Tricks Vol. 3

    A short post this time around, with a couple of useful WMIC commands. If you want to determine a file’s version, for instance to see if it was patched, you can use WMIC: wmic datafile where name="d:\\windows\\system32\\ntdll.dll" get version...
  • Server Core feedback

    This post is going to be slightly different then my previous postings. Last week I was at ITForum presenting on Server Core. Towards the end of the week I also had a ChalkTalk/Q&A session where I answered questions as well as collected feedback on...
  • Tips and Tricks Vol 2

    Since my October 6 th posting was entitled tips and tricks vol 1, that means I have to post at least one more volume. Hopefully this won’t be the last tips and tricks posting. Today’s item is changing the display resolution so you can run at a higher...
  • Some useful Server Core resources

    This time around I have a list of resources that are useful when using Server Core. Server Core specific: Server Core TechNet Forum: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=582&SiteID =17 Server Core SDK: http://msdn...
  • Tips and Tricks vol 1

    This edition of the Server Core blog will include a couple of tips and tricks to make working with Server Core and the command line easier. Time in Server Core This first one will be a flash back to the old MS-DOS days. Since Server Core doesn...
  • More on Event Logs at the command line

    This time around I’m going to spend some more time on working with Event Logs from the command line. I’ll cover some how to perform some common tasks using wevtutil.exe. Enumerate Event Logs Wevtutil el – This command will list out a lot of logs...
  • Managing Terminal Services in Server Core

    Another couple of weeks has gone by, so time for me to say something else about Server Core. This week I'll mention a few Terminal Services tips and tricks. When using Terminal Services, without the GUI shell some common tasks require you to do...