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Oct 17 2007   1:50AM GMT

Managing Windows 2008 Server Core Local Settings

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

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In Windows Server 2008, Server Core installation does not include the traditional full graphical user interface (GUI). Therefore, once you have configured the server, you can only manage it locally at a command prompt, or remotely using a Terminal Serverconnection. A third management option is to manage the server remotely using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) or command-line tools that support remote use.

A Server Core installation provides these benefits in three ways:

 

  • By reducing the software maintenance required (less updates, etc…)
  • By reducing the management required
  • By reducing the attack surface

 

 

 

To accomplish this, the Server Core installation option installs only the subset of the binary files that are required by the supported server roles. It takes about 1 GB of disk space and +/- 100 MB memory footprint (varies per server core role).

The following list is a compilation of some of the most useful commands allowing you to either locally or remotely manage a Server Core installation. You can use this as a quick reference guide, but as always, reading the full server help for a full guide.

To manage a server running a Server Core installation locally at a command prompt

 

  • Start a server running a Server Core installation.

    Windows 2008 Server Core

  • Log on using an administrator account.

  • At the command prompt, use the appropriate command-line tool for the task you want to complete.

 

 

 

To add hardware to Windows Server 2008

 

  • If the driver for the hardware is included in Windows Server 2008, Plug and Play will start automatically and install the driver.
  • At a command prompt, open the folder where the driver files are located, and then run the following command:



    Where:

    driverinf is the file name of the .inf file for the driver.

 

    1. If prompted, restart the computer.

 

 

To add a user to the local Administrators group

 

  • At a command prompt, type:


     

 

 

 

To remove a user from the local Administrators group

 

  • At a command prompt, type:

     

 

 

 

To disable a device driver

 

  • At a command prompt, type:


    Where: service_name is the name of the service that you obtain by running

 

 

 

To obtain a list of drivers that are installed on the server

 

  • At a command prompt, type:


    Note: You must include the space after the equal sign for the command to complete successfully.

 

 

 

To manage event logs

 

  • To list event logs type:

     

  • To query events in a specified log type:

     

  • To export an event log type:

     

  • To clear an event log type:

 

 

 

To list the running services

 

  • At a command prompt, type one of the following:


    or

     

 

 

To start a service

 

  • At a command prompt, type one of the following:


    or

     

 


 

 

 

To stop a service

 

  • At a command prompt, type one of the following:


    or

     

 

 

To forcibly stop a process

 

  • Use the tasklist command to retrieve the process ID (PID).

  • At a command prompt, type:

     

 

 

 

To configure the firewall

 

  • Use the netsh advfirewallcommand. For example, to enable remote management from any MMC snap-in, type the following:


    Note: You can also use the Windows Firewall snap-in from a Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 computer to remotely manage the firewall on a server running a Server Core installation. To do this, you must first enable remote management of the firewall by running the following command on the computer running a Server Core installation:

     

 

 

Configure the paging file

 

  • At a command prompt type:


    Where:

     

  • path/filename – is the path to and name of the paging file
  • initialsize – is the starting size of the paging file in bytes.
  • maxsize – is the maximum size of the page file in bytes.

 

 

 

To install an optional feature

 

  • At a command prompt, type:


    Note: Using /w prevents the command prompt from returning until the installation completes. Without /w, there is no indication that the installation completed.

    Where featurename is the name of a feature from the following list:

     

  • Failover Clustering: FailoverCluster-Core
  • Network Load Balancing: NetworkLoadBalancingHeadlessServer
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based applications: SUACore
  • Multipath IO: MultipathIo
  • Removable Storage: Microsoft-Windows-RemovableStorageManagementCore
  • Bitlocker Drive Encryption: BitLocker

 

 


Note: To install the remote administration tool for BitLocker, type the following at a command prompt:

 


 

 

  • Backup: WindowsServerBackup
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP): SNMP-SC
  • Windows Internet Name Service (WINS): WINS-SC
  • Telnet client: TelnetClient

 

 


Note: To remove an optional feature, use start /w ocsetup with the appropriate role name and the /uninstall switch.

 

 

To reboot the server

 

  • You can reboot the server by typing the following at a command prompt:

 

 

 

To change the name of the server

 

  • Determine the current name of the server with the hostname or ipconfig /all commands.
  • At a command prompt, type:


    Note: You can obtain the name of the server by running the hostname or ipconfig /all commands.

  • Restart the computer.

 

 

 

To change the name of a domain-joined server

 

  • At a command prompt, type:

     

 

 

 

To set the administrative password

 

  • At a command prompt, type the following:

     

  • When prompted to enter the password, type the new password for the administrator user account and press ENTER.
  • When prompted, retype the password and press ENTER.

 

 

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