Basic server configuration tasks that may be overlooked due to lack of the initial configuration tasks window and lack of visual reference.
Let this post serve as a check list for some essential tasks to perform on your Server Core installation before doing more advanced configuration.
Add a product ID and activate Windows Server
Entering product ID Key:
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk _PRODUCT KEY _
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato
Set time zone
The following command will open the graphical interface on a typical Windows Server 2008 server:
Configure IP Settings
Show Current Network Interfaces
netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces
Configure Static IP
netsh interface ipv4 set address name=”” source=static address= mask= gateway=
Configure DNS Server
netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=”” address=index=1
Set computer name
netdom renamecomputer localhost /newname:new_computername
Download and Install Updates
Note: This will provide no individual selection or progress of patches. It is essential a “blind” update.