Upgrading Windows Server 2008 R2 without media

Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces a new command-line utility, DISM, the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool.    One of DISM’s many useful features is the ability to use its edition-servicing commands to upgrade an R2 installation without requiring install media.  This is functionally equivalent to Windows Anytime Upgrade in a Windows 7 client install, and…

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Setting the Time Zone in Windows Server 2008 R2

There is now a command line utility, tzutil.exe, that can be used to view the current time zone setting as well as to configure the time zone.  For those of you using PowerShell that want to script setting the time zone on Server Core, a PowerShell script is now available to do that. It is posted at:…


Server Core, application development and FxCop

Server Core is a new Windows installation option introduced in Windows Server 2008. The original Windows Server 2008 Server Core did not include .NET — and that limited the things you could use it for.  In Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Core includes .Net 2.0 and .Net v3.5 (neither are installed by default), which opens…

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New Server Core Step by Step Guide

A new version of the Server Core step by step guide has been posted to TechNet, which includes the new Windows Server 2008 R2 commands (DISM.exe, new roles/features, etc): Read online: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753802.aspx Download as a Word doc: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=B16F4DC4-A3D3-4DC7-AA51-A1C6728B217A&displaylang=en I’ll blog more about the new commands and features in the coming months, with some new tips…


WoW64 Support on Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2

Those of you that installed the beta build may have noticed that we made WoW64 an optional feature in Server Core for R2. In the beta it was not installed by default, which caused its share of headaches due to many installers still being 32bit or using 32bit custom actions. Based on all the feedback…


Server Core Development Training Opportunity

Microsoft Technology Platform Adoption labs is offering a training session April 21-23 on Server Core development for Windows Server 2008 R2. This will be offered via a “Virtual Lab” so you can attend from your office, there is no need to travel. However, as with other events and programs associated with pre-release products, an event…


User Account Control (UAC) and Server Core

A slight detour from the Windows Server 2008 R2 posts this time around to cover a topic that has been coming up recently: UAC on Server Core. UAC is not available in Server Core, since it is a command line only interface, doesn’t have IE, or support for user applications. In addition, to use UAC…