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Chapter 14. Server Core

Chapter 14. Server Core

Oddly one of the most talked about new features in Windows Server 2008 isn't new at all, and in a sense isn't Windows either. Windows Server 2008 Server Core is a stripped-down version that runs server roles: file server, domain controller, DNS, and DHCP services among others. Server Core runs in an environment that is less than 20 percent the size of a standard installation. You can use it to run Microsoft Cluster Server, Network Load Balancing, Windows Backup, Subsystem for Unix-based Applications (SUA), Removable Storage Management, SNMP, and BitLocker drive encryption, for example. You should expect to see more capabilities for Server Core in the future.

Server Core doesn't run the graphical components of Windows, so when you boot to the operating system you see a command prompt. In fact, you get to the command prompt rather quickly—which may surprise you. The operating system supports local logon, Remote Desktop, Web Services for Management (WS-Management), and the Windows Remote Shell (WinRS). The latter two are execution environments that are available on Vista or Windows Server 2008. When you connect to a Server Core system, all you see is a command-line window. You can manage a Server Core remotely with the MMC by accessing the Server Core snap-ins, but there's only a little "Windows-like" capability remaining. You can get to the Task Manager and see alert boxes, and that's about it.


  

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