Unix, Windows

Windows Server 2008 R2 Core Configurator

If you ever have the need to install Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Core for security reasons, hardware limitations or whatever, then Core Configurator is your life safer!

Core Configurator is a simple GUI which brings together the most frequently used tools for easy administration of a Core server. It’s main features are:

  • Product Licensing
  • Networking Features
  • DCPromo Tool
  • ISCSI Settings
  • Server Roles and Features
  • User and Group Permissions
  • Share Creation and Deletion
  • Dynamic Firewall settings
  • Display | Screensaver Settings
  • Add & Remove Drivers
  • Proxy settings
  • Windows Updates (Including WSUS)
  • Multipath I/O
  • Hyper-V including virtual machine thumbnails
  • JoinDomain and Computer rename
  • Add/remove programs
  • Services
  • WinRM
  • Complete logging of all commands executed

Core Configurator is free and open source. It can be downloaded from http://coreconfig.codeplex.com/

Installing Core Configurator

  1. Download either the ISO or the ZIP and connect it to your Windows 2008 R2 x64 Server Core installation (I am using the ISO for this example)
  2. Make sure that we are in the root of C:\ with the following command:
    c:\
  3. Make a directory where all of the Core Configurator files will be copied over:
    mkdir coreconfig
  4. With the CD/DVD in the drive (or mounted), we’ll copy over the contents of the disc to the folder we just created earlier:
    copy d:\ c:\coreconfig
  5. Go into the directory were the files have been copied over to:
    cd c:\coreconfig
  6. And start Core Configurator GUI:
    Start_CoreConfig.wsf

N.B. If it asks to install PowerShell or any other additional software just allow it to install them to prevent any errors that might crop up later on.

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