It has been a little over a week and my plan is to try and post about once a week, so here goes post #2.
I’ve been told that Longhorn Server beta 2, including Server Core, are going to be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, so anyone with access to either of those can play around with Server Core.
There is a Server Core forum in the TechNet forums at: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=582&SiteID=17, which can also be used for questions.
Once you have Server Core installed, it isn’t going to do much for you unless you want to practice your old MS-DOS command line skills J To really make Server Core useful, you need to install a server role and/or optional feature so that it does something on your network. Here is how to do that….
To install a server role on Server Core, you need to use the following command line:
Start /w ocsetup RolePackage
Where RolePackage is one of the following:
You may be wondering why Active Directory isn’t in the list above and that is because it is a bit different from the other roles. To install Active Directory, you need to use the following command line:
In Longhorn Server, the dcpromo tool that is installed by default performs the installation and removal of the rest of the Active Directory binaries. The unattend file is the same file and format that you can use when running dcpromo unattend on Server.
To install an optional feature on Server Core, you need to use the following command line:
Start /w ocsetup OptionalFeaturePackage
Where OptionalFeaturePackage is one of the following:
To remove a server role or optional feature, you use the same command line but add /uninstall.
Ocsetup is currently case sensitive, so you need to use the names exactly as above.
Until next week,