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windows server 2008 core server core

Posted: 2009-03-29

Windows Server 2008 Core Windows Server Core Server is new scaled down feature of Windows Server 2008 that install minimum server component. The Core Server requires 1 GB of disk space for installation and provides greater security. Server core does not provide GUI interface of the Windows Server 2008 instead it provides command line version of the server. The entire configuration task is done using command line or virtual connection. Using Windows Server Core Server, you can perform following configuration;
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)
  • DNS Server
  • DHCP Server
  • File Services
  • Print Services
  • Streaming Media Services
  • Internet Information Services 7 (IIS)
  • Windows Server Virtualization Role (Hyper-V)
Installing Windows Server 2008 Core Server
To install the Server Core, follow these steps: 1. Insert your Windows Server 2008 DVD. 2. In the Language selection dialog window, click next. 3. Click on “Install Now” when the installation dialog box comes up. 4. Enter the product number and click next. 5. Select “Server Core Installation” option in the version selection dialog box to install the Server Core and click next. 6. Click on “Advanced Custom - Install Clean Copy” to perform new installation. (Core Server does not support upgrade). 7. Select the disk to install and click next. Let the installation complete. 8. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, click Other User, login as Administrator with blank password. Click Ok when it asks to change the password and change the password. You will be presented with Command line interface that looks like the old DOS and that is your gateway to the Server Core. Core Server Common Commands You can use the following commands to perform basic configures of Server Core. systeminfo - provide complete system information including computer name, network information, operation system, and all the other system specs. ipconfig - provides server IP addresses including default gateway and the DNS. Use ipconfig /all for complete list,. ipconfig /renew to renew the IP address, ipconfig /release to release the IP to the DHCP and disconnect, ipconfig /flushdns<.i> to purge DNS cache, ipconfig /registerdns to refresh all DHCP leases and reregister DNS name. netdom renamecomputer allows you to to rename your computer. Use this syntax; netdom renamecomputer current-computer-name /newname: new-computer-name. netdom join allows you to join the server to the domain. To joint a computer to the domain, use this syntax: netdom join current-computer-name domain: domain-name /userD: domainadmin-user /passwordD:*. netsh interface ipv4 set address name=”2” source=static address=ipaddress mask=submask gateway defaultgateway - sets up an static IP address for the server. Start /w ocsetup DHCPServerCore - installs DHCP Role. logoff - logs you off the server. net start DHCPServer starts the DHCP Service. sc config DHCPServer start=auto will set your DHCP Service to start automatically. netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Administration” new enable=yes - Sets up the firewall to allow Remote Administration. Firewall disallows Remote Administration by default. Shutdown /r restarts the server. Shutdown /p turns off your computer. cscript scregedit.wsf /CS 0 - allows the server to be accessed via Remote Desktip. cscript scregedit.wsf /CS 1 - Denies the server to be accessed via Remote Desktip. cscript scregedit.wsf /AR /v - Shows the Remote Desktop status settings.

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