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:
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: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms723891(VS.85).aspx
- From the Microsoft TechNet Online Magazine: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/2009.02.geekofalltrades. aspx?pr=blog
- The Server Core Microsoft blog site: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/server_core/
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
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