Windows Server 2008 Core
Windows Server 2008 Core (or Core Server)
Server Core is a new concept for installing the the Windows Server 2008 operating system. Since there is no GUI, you have to work from the keyboard because that is all you have! This is a good time for learning command line utilities such as Netsh, Netdom and Ocsetup.
Topics for Server Core (or Core Server)
The whole rationale of the Server Core is less of everything, the result is that you only get the essential features of Windows Server 2008. One of the killer reasons to investigate this GUI-less version is for setting up the parent Hyper-V server.
98% of the core installation is the same as that of a GUI Windows Server 2008. For Server Core you need the same DVD, and the same Product Key as a full GUI setup. The crucial difference is during setup make sure you click on the option: 'Server Core Installation', for example from this on-screen menu:
Select the edition of Windows that you purchased
Just to emphasise that regarding installation, there are no special settings, and no other differences between a Server Core and a GUI version of Windows Server 2008.
However, keep in mind that if you go for the 'Headless' Server Core there is no way to add the Graphical User Interface later. Equally, if you have a GUI version, you cannot convert to a Server Core.
For those who love the GUI, they are thinking, 'I must be able to connect to the (Headless) Core Server from another server'. Remote is administration is indeed possible, provided the firewalls permit connection via RPC, and you have a normal Windows Server 2008 GUI. The technique is to use the Remote Connection facility of any of the usual snap-ins in the MMC, for example, Server Manager or Terminal Services.
SolarWinds' Network Performance Monitor will help you discover what's happening on your network. This utility will also guide you through troubleshooting; the dashboard will indicate whether the root cause is a broken link, faulty equipment or resource overload.
Perhaps the NPM's best feature is the way it suggests solutions to network problems. Its second best feature is the ability to monitor the health of individual VMware virtual machines. If you are interested in troubleshooting, and creating network maps, then I recommend that you give this Network Performance Monitor a try.
To set the administrative password at first logon:
For those who are willing to configure more tasks from the command-line, useful utilities include:
Consider adding extra 'Features' to your Core Server, for example, Backup, possibly BitLocker encryption, maybe SNMP. Again, type Oclist to see what is available for your edition on Windows Server 2008.
Disadvantages of Core Server
Obviously, you don't get a GUI, neither can you install one later. The only other drawback is that some roles are not available in Core Server. However, all the principle roles of File and Print, Active Directory, DNS and DHCP are available.
Summary of Windows Server 2008 Core Server
There have been numerous requests for Microsoft to develop a minimal version of the operating system, even one without a GUI. Core Server delivers this minimal server which is particularly suitable as the host operating system for Hyper-V.
If you like this page then please share it with your friends
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Topics: