How do I... Install and configure Windows Server Core?

By Steven Warren

Install Windows Server 2008 Server Core

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With the imminent launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 coming on February 27, 2008, I want to show you a feature I am fond of in this new operating system. With Windows Server 2008, you have the option of performing a Windows Server Core installation, which provides you with the minimum set of tools to run Windows.

You are provided with a kernel and a command line to manage the server. It is slim and bare bones and allows you to configure Windows concisely. This type of installation is perfect for a datacenter. I am really excited about this feature.

When you first run through the installation of Windows Server 2008, you have two options for installation. They are:
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Full Installation)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Server Core Installation)
The following eight screen shots walk you through the installation of Windows Server Core which took approximately ten minutes to install.