.NET 3.0 and 3.5 in Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core

Much like .NET 2.0 in Server Core, .NET 3.0 and 3.5 are also subsets of functionality. Included are: ·         Windows Communication Framework (WCF) ·         Windows Workflow Framework (WF) ·         LINQ The only functionality not included is the Windows Presentation Framework (WPF). .NET 3.0 and 3.5 functionality is installed with a single package: ·         Start /w…


.NET 2.0 and Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2

This time I’ll cover what I meant last time by a subset of .NET 2.0, with future posts covering the other additions in more detail. Not everything required for full .NET 2.0 support is included in Server Core. Instead of increasing the Server Core footprint to add functionality that isn’t “core” to Server Core (couldn’t…


Server Core changes in Windows Server 2008 R2

Now that a build of Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released, I can start talking about what we have been working on. In a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation we have: ·         Active Directory Certificate Services is now an available Server Role. ·         WoW64 support for 32bit applications is now an optional…


Reducing the Server Core disk footprint

In the Server Core installation option, there is a way to remove the server roles and optional features from the disk, to free up more space. In addition to reducing disk usage, this could be used to ensure an administrator doesn’t add a role or feature to a server that is supposed to perform a…


Ramblings on Server Core

I did a TechNet Edge interview on Server Core a couple of weeks ago. If you want to hear my ramblings, you can check it out at: http://edge.technet.com/Media/567/ Andrew


New Server Core Tips

A couple of quick tips this time around. If you want to determine if you are running on Server Core from a script, you can do this via WMI. The command line way is: wmic path win32_operatingsystem get OperatingSystemSKU /value The value can then be converted to hex and mapped to the list at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms724358.aspx…


Configuring the Firewall on Server Core for Remote Management

Just like on a full server installation, the firewall is on by default in a Server Core installation and most inbound traffic is blocked at the end of setup. There are then three scenarios for remote management via MMC:  Server Roles – when a server role is installed, the appropriate ports are opened to allow…