Friday, February 15, 2008

Configure a Windows Server 2008 Core Installation

I've been searching the internet for some time looking for information about how to configure Windows Server 2008 basic features. I've run into a few snags though and felt it was time to write about a difinitive guide to configuring a Windows core installation from scratch.

First off, the Windows Server 2008 core installation is a long awaited type of installation offered by Microsoft's new operating system which allows for a very streamlined and low footprint installation of the server OS. With reduced hardware requirements and setup time, this Windows OS installation is an excellent fit for hardware virtualized environments such as VMWare or Virtual Server from Microsoft.

The first thing you need to know is that the server core installation is configure with Windows Firewall turned on and DHCP set to grab an IP automatically. We need to disable this in order to remotely manage the system among other things.

DISABLE WINDOWS FIREWALL:
  • netsh firewall set opmode disable

This will allow you to remotely run tools such as DHCP or DNS administrator so you can create scopes or zones, etc.

CONFIGURE A STATIC IP:

  • netsh int ipv4 show int
  • netsh int ipv4 set address name="Local Area Connection" source=static address=192.168.1.2 mask=255.255.255.0 gateway=192.168.1.1

This will list the interfaces available so you can find the "name" which we use in the second statement that sets the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway.

CHANGE THE COMPUTER NAME:

  • netdom renamecomputer %computername% /NewName:

ADD THE COMPUTER TO A DOMAIN:

  • netdom join %computername% /domain: /userd:\username> /password:

For even more great commands scroll to the end of this excellent Microsoft article:

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/47a23a74-e13c-46de-8d30-ad0afb1eaffc1033.mspx?mfr=true

Cheers!

Jason Shave

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