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Customizing the Interface with Features on Demand

Features on Demand can be used to remove specific roles and features. By cherry-picking which components reside on your server, you can save disk space. In Hyper-V virtual machines, Features on Demand reduces the footprint of a virtual machine—in some instances, removing particular roles and features can reduce the size of a virtual machine by more than one gigabyte.

Minimal Server Interface
Figure 2-23. Minimal Server Interface

This is one of my favorite features in Server 2012. I’m not quite sure why Microsoft isn’t singing the praises of Features on Demand and hitting administrators over the head repeatedly about how great it is, instead of going on about Server Core install recommendations. Minimal Server Interface is a far better and more flexible option than simply going with a Server Core install if you don’t want the full GUI; it’s a customized GUI that you pretty much design based on your management needs.


  

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