Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core changes and administration

This chapter excerpt explains how Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core changes affect your customers' environments and how to make progress in Server Core administration.

Incorporate Server Core Changes in Windows Server 2008 R2

About the book:
This chapter excerpt on how to Configure and Manage Server Core (download PDF) is taken from the book Windows Server 2008 How-To.This book offers information on every essential element to Windows Server 2008, including the necessary steps and procedures for planning, deployment, configuration, security, and day-to-day administration. There are sections that focus on the R2 release and all major enhancements built into Windows Server 2008, including Hyper-V virtualization, Server Core, major Terminal Services improvements and more.

Scenario/Problem: Windows Server 2008 R2 comes with revisions to Server Core. Do those revisions affect your environment and your use of Server Core on a system running Windows Server 2008 R2?

Solution: Depending on what you use Server Core for in your environment, the following changes may or may not affect you:

  • Active Directory Certificate Services has been added in R2.
  • WoW64 support for 32-bit applications is now an optional feature and not installed by default.
  • New optional features include a subset of the .NET Framework 2.0, a subset of the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 (including Windows Communication Framework [WCF], Windows Workflow Framework [WF], and LINQ, but not including Windows Presentation Framework [WPF]).
  • Windows PowerShell (woohoo!!!) will be functional in the R2 version of Server Core.
  • ASP.NET and additional IIS support have been added. And although you cannot use the IIS GUI console in Server Core, you can use it remotely to manage IIS in R2 if the web management service is enabled and configured.
  • FSRM (File Server Resource Manager) will provide new functionality designed to simplify storage management for all storage architectures.

Note: When the word subset is used above for the .NET portions that have been added, the idea is that the Server Core team didn't seek to add to the footprint of the system with items that aren't necessary to Server Core. So, only those aspects that would make sense are implemented.

To install .NET 2.0, you run the following:

About the authors:
J. Peter Bruzzese is a network specialist with eight years of experience in the information technology sector. Bruzzese helped form Clip Training LLC, which offers a variety of mini clips on topics from Windows operating systems to server applications.

Ronald Barrett is an independent consultant, trainer, author and tech speaker whose previous clients include Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, New Horizons and Barrett has co-authored several books, including Administrator's Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers and contributes regularly to Redmond magazine.

Wayne Dipchan is the author of McSe Windows 2000 Directory Services Design and is a certified SQL database administrator. Dipchan is also a server expert for New Horizons, Bear Stearns and General Electric Company.

Start /w ocsetup NetFx2-ServerCore

To install .NET 3.0 and 3.5 functionality, you run the following:

Start /w ocsetup NetFx3-ServerCore

Make Progress in Server Core Administration

Scenario/Problem: You have the basics down. The server is installed and configured, and you know how to manage the system. There must be more. Where do you go next?

Solution: There are many Server Core books currently on the market that you might want to consider, and two are especially interesting:

  • Administering Windows Server 2008 Server Core by John Paul Mueller
  • Windows Server 2008 Server Core Administrator's Pocket Consultant by Mitch Tulloch

However, the Internet may be a better option for locating quick, need-to-know information regarding your Server Core server.

Here are a few sites you might appreciate:

  • From the MSDN Microsoft Developer site:
  • From the Microsoft TechNet Online Magazine: aspx?pr=blog
  • The Server Core Microsoft blog site:

Configure and Manage Server Core
  Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation
  Configuring Windows Server 2008 Server Core
  Windows Server 2008 Server Core management options
  Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core changes and administration

Printed with permission from Sams Publishing. Copyright 2009. Windows Server 2008 How-To by J. Peter Bruzzese, Ronald Barrett and Wayne Dipchan. For more information about this title and other similar books, please visit Sams Publishing.

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