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How do I… Install and configure Windows Server 2008 core?
Date: December 3rd, 2007
Author: Steven Warren
Category: How do I, Operating systems
Tags: Microsoft Windows Server, Installation, Server, Figure M Let, Figure S Let, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Servers, Operating
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With the imminent launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 coming on February 27, 2008, I want to show you a feature I am fond of in this
new operating system. With Windows Server 2008, you have the option of performing a Windows Server Core installation, which provides you
with the minimum set of tools to run Windows.

You are provided with a kernel and a command line to manage the server. It is slim and bare bones and allows you to configure Windows
concisely. This type of installation is perfect for a datacenter. I am really excited about this feature.

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Installation
When you first run through the installation of Windows Server 2008, you have two options for installation. They are:

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Full Installation)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Server Core Installation)

The following eight screen shots (Figures A-H) walk you through the installation of Windows Server Core which took approximately ten minutes to install.

Figure A

Figure B

Figure C

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You are required to change the password and set an Administrator password on initial login.e101 06/12/2007 .com. The initial login is Administrator and blank password (Figure J).» How do I… Install and configure Windows Server 2008 core? | How Do I… | TechRepublic.com Page 3 of 8 Figure G Figure H After the installation.com/howdoi/?p=176&tag=nl.techrepublic. Figure I http://blogs. the main window for your new installation appears and you are ready to login as shown in Figure I.

In the command line type the following: controltimedate.com. you are ready to configure the date.com/howdoi/?p=176&tag=nl. time.e101 06/12/2007 .techrepublic.com Page 4 of 8 Figure J Now that you are logged in (Figure K). Figure K Figure L http://blogs.» How do I… Install and configure Windows Server 2008 core? | How Do I… | TechRepublic. and time zone.cpl and set the options accordingly (Figure L).

The default name is a bunch of random letters and numbers and I would like to change the name to a local standard. Figure M Let’s move on and change the server name. For the proper syntax. type: shutdown /? After reviewing the syntax.com Page 5 of 8 If you need to configure and change the keyboard layout and settings. You now need to reboot the server using the shutdown command. We will perform this option in the command line (Figure O) by typing the following: c:windowssystem32netdom renamecomputer %computername% /NewName:ssw-svr15 Figure N After choosing to proceed.com. You can view the current hostname by typing the following: c:windowssystem32hostname Now let’s use the name ssw-svr15.techrepublic.» How do I… Install and configure Windows Server 2008 core? | How Do I… | TechRepublic. They total syntax will look as follows: http://blogs. type the following in the command window: control intl.e101 06/12/2007 . the task completes successfully. (Figure N) I will type the following: shutdown /r (switch for shutting down and restarting the computer) /t 10 (wait 10 seconds to shutdown and restart) /c “Changed Server Name” (add comment of max 512 characters).cpl (Figure M).com/howdoi/?p=176&tag=nl.

1.com/howdoi/?p=176&tag=nl.techrepublic. (Figure P) type netsh interface ipv4 show interface Figure P The Local Area Connection that we are going to configure has an index value of two.e101 06/12/2007 .255.1 Figure Q Follow the same example to configure DNS (Figure R): netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name="2" address=192.1 index=1 Figure R http://blogs. (Figure Q) Type the following command to set the TCP/IP information: netsh interface ipv4 set address name="2" source=static address=192.0 gateway=192.1.168.168.255.» How do I… Install and configure Windows Server 2008 core? | How Do I… | TechRepublic.com.199 mask=255.1. Let’s proceed and configure TCP/IP for this connection.168. In order to see what interface you have to configure.com Page 6 of 8 shutdown /r /T 10 /C "Changed Server Name" Figure O Let’s now configure our networking so we can join this server to a domain.

com/howdoi/?p=176&tag=nl. we will take advantage of the netdom.techrepublic. we should not forget to activate the server (Figure U) by typing the following: slmgr.exe. Figure S Let’s join it to a domain! In order to perform this function. you will see the newly added information (Figure S).vbs -ato Figure U This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what you can do with a Windows Server Core installation but it begins to show you how powerful command line is with a small Windows kernel. My next test will be to try to install Virtual Server on my server core installation.» How do I… Install and configure Windows Server 2008 core? | How Do I… | TechRepublic.com. having the ability to virtualize a server core installation and attach a single role will become very popular with the datacenter.com Page 7 of 8 If you type ipconfig /all. (Figure T) The syntax is as follows: netdom join ssw-svr15 /domain:watchtower /userd:Administrator /passwordD:Password01 Note: Do not forget to reboot the server using the following command: shutdown /r /T 10 /C "Added to domain" Figure T As a final step. Wish me luck! Related Content http://blogs.e101 06/12/2007 . With the popularity of virtualization and server consolidation.

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