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Part 1: Discovering Windows in a Command... > Understanding Windows Server 2008 Se...

Chapter 1. Understanding Windows Server 2008 Server Core

For anyone who's worked with computers for a long time, Windows Server 2008 Server Core seems like a step into the past. After all, this new operating system is Windows without the Windows features—it's essentially a decorated command prompt. In fact, you can change the appearance of Windows Server 2008 Server Core to look just like the command prompt applications you may have used in the past. Of course, it's not quite that simple or you could just buy one of the ancient tomes on DOS to find your way around. All of the features you expect from Windows Server still appear in Windows Server 2008 Server Core—the only difference is that you must use the command prompt to manage them, which means using a different administration method than you probably use today.

Eliminating the graphical user interface (GUI) has certain security benefits. It's a lot harder to infect a machine that lacks a browser such as Internet Explorer. In fact, it's not too hard to imagine that infecting such a system from the inside would be very difficult indeed. In addition, using a command line interface can be faster than using the GUI once you have some basic management tools in place. Of course, not having the GUI tools also presents a number of problems. Many administrators have never worked at the command line so they don't have the skills required to manage a server that has only a command prompt for input.


  

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