Using Features on Demand with Updated Systems and Patched Images

As we’ve discussed in the past, Features on Demand makes it easy to reduce the footprint of your Windows Servers by removing optional components you don’t need from your server’s local disk. When you install Server Core (the default installation option for Windows Server 2012), the files needed for the Server with a GUI functionality…


Configuring the Minimal Server Interface

In our previous blog posting, we introduced the Minimal Server Interface. At the end, we noted that there are three particular Windows features (among others, of course) that can be installed on any server running Windows Server 2012: Server Core – always installed and enabled; the baseline feature for all Windows Servers Server Graphical Management…


Balancing Compatibility and Footprint with the Minimal Server Interface

As Andrew mentioned in our previous blog post, we have made a huge investment this release to enable and improve many new and existing scenarios on Server Core.  While Server Core offers a great, minimal footprint system that is capable of running most server roles, we also recognize that many customers need to run software…


Server Core in Windows Server 2012

The Windows Server blog introduced many of the changes we have made for Windows Server 2012 for Server Core, the new Minimal Server Interface, and Features on Demand in this posting: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/03/20/building-an-optimized-private-cloud-using-windows-server-8-server-core.aspx. We will be using the Server Core blog to discuss all of these in more depth and welcome you to post any comments…


Server Core on the Windows Server blog

There is a new posting on Server Core on the main Windows Server blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/03/20/building-an-optimized-private-cloud-using-windows-server-8-server-core.aspx More details will be posted here in the coming weeks….    


Windows Server “8” Beta announcement

This morning Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President of Server and Cloud, announced the beta release of Windows Server “8”.  For anyone who is interested in hearing more about what is in the beta, please go read what Bill has to say. In the coming weeks, there will be more Windows Server “8” blog posts coming…


Server Core news

Some Server Core related information was recently posted on the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog that will likely be of interest to Server Core users: Windows Server 8: Server Applications and the Minimal Server Interface