The next version of SQL Server (code name Denali) will include support for Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/nikosan/archive/2010/11/11/future-sql-server-edition-denali.aspx. I’m sure more information will be posted as SQL Server gets closer to release.
Details on the .Net 4 namespaces that work on Server Core are available at: http://www.satter.org/2011/04/net-4-on-server-core.html
The download center link is: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c2794455-274d-4363-ade6-e69008a24d8a Before installing, be sure to check the Instructions section on the page. .NET Framework 4 on Server Core requires the following to be installed: · SP1 · WoW64 · .Net 2
We have been hearing your questions about whether .NET Framework 4 will be available on Server Core. I’m happy to announce that in Q1 of 2011, there will be a release of .NET Framework 4 supporting installation on the Server Core installation option. This will require Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, which has publicly been…