Server Core

Interesting technical links for Monday June 30

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While I was mindlessly surfing I came across a few interesting links I thought I’d share. Justin Ho posted about the D-Link router emulator pages and Blue Lock. The D-Link router emulator pages show you what the configuration pages look like for various models of D-Link devices, which makes it nice when remotely supporting friends […]

Running Powershell On Windows Server 2008 Core

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While being an unwilling participant in an excessively long conference call I was able to get Powershell up and running on my Server Core box, thanks to Dmitry’s detailed instructions. Of course this is an unsupported configuration, which means Microsoft won’t help you if you experience problems.

Mark’s Windows 2008 DNS Server Command Line Cheat Sheet

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If you’re a command line type administrator like myself you’ll want to check out Mark’s Mark’s DNS Server command line cheat sheet. He’s summarized the Windows Server 2008 CLI commands relating to DNS administration. Function DNSCMD option Example Comments Do any dnscmd command on a remote system dnscmd servername command dnscmd main.bigfirm.com /zoneprint bigfirm.com   […]

Howto: Enable Automatic Updates in Windows 2008 Server Core

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Windows 2008 Server Core uses the SCregEdit.wsf script found in C:\Windows\System32 to configure Automatic Updates behavior. To view the current Automatic Updates settings, from the command prompt type: c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /AU /v The following values correspond to the response generated by the scregedit.wsf script. 1 = Automatic Updates Disabled 4 = Automatic Updates Enabled To enable […]

Howto: Configure the Windows 2008 Server Core Screensaver Activation Period

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By default the Windows 2008 Server Core screensaver will activate after 600 seconds (10 minutes) of inactivity. To change the amount of time the screensaver waits to activate, edit the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut I changed mine from 600 seconds (10 minutes) to 1200 seconds (20 minutes). Sander has several other Desktop related settings […]

Howto: Enable Remote Desktop on a Windows 2008 Server Core System

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Windows 2008 Server Core uses the SCregEdit.wsf script found in C:\Windows\System32 to configure Terminal Services (TS) behavior. TS is the method of remote controlling your Server Core system through Remote Desktop (RDP). To view the current Terminal Server settings for Vista/Windows 2008 clients, at the server command prompt type: c:\windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /AR /v The following values […]

Howto: Shut down or reboot a Windows 2008 Server Core System

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To shut down a Windows 2008 Server Core System, at the command prompt type: Shutdown -s -t xx where -s = shut down -t xx = time to wait before shutting down in seconds, where xx =0 to 600 To shut down a Windows 2008 Server Core System immediately, at the command prompt type: Shutdown […]

Creating Backups of Windows 2008 Server Core Machines

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Windows 2008 Server Core is a minimalist installation of Windows Server 2008. It must be managed from the servers console command line or remotely via Terminal Services. In previous versions of Windows Server, NTbackup.exe was the program used for creating system backups. NTbackup.exe has been phased out and has been replaced in Windows 2008 by […]

Howto: Install VMware Tools on Windows 2008 Server Core

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I had just performed my first Windows 2008 Server Core installation on VMware Workstation, and wanted to install the VMware tools to see if the VMs performance would increase. Logged in as Administator I started installing the tools the normal way – from inside VMware Workstation I selected VM – Install VMware Tools. Nothing happened. […]

Windows Server 2008 Password Complexity Requirements

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I finally got around to installing Windows Server 2008 Standard today.  I performed a Server Core installation, and was suprised how little interaction I had to have with the installer.  It seemed like I answered three or four questions, went to get a Diet Coke, and when I came back the server was at the logon […]