Friday, March 16, 2012

Server 8 Beta - Installing Core, Install GUI later

I'm beta testing server 8, which is in public beta (link)

This is the first time I've tried installing just the core, but it seems to make sense now.

It is an extremely quick way to get a box online and exposing RDP without the hassle of navigating a GUI.

To quickly get your hostname, networking, and RDP configured, simply run sysconfig.cmd

You may still use the GUI if you'd prefer.  The new windows 8 interface plays well with the apple trackpad.  I'll warn you though, this will take a while.  In order to later install the GUI tools, you simply open up powershell and issue the following:

Add-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell

Finally you'll reboot.

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