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Server 2008 R2 Server Core Initial Configuration

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 

Online Activation:
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:
control timedate.cpl

Configure IP Settings

Show Current Network Interfaces
netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces

Configure Static IP
netsh interface ipv4 set address name=”<ID>” source=static address=<StaticIP> mask=<SubnetMask> gateway=<DefaultGateway>

Configure DNS Server
netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=”<ID>” address=<DNSIP>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.
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Neil Bryan
IT Consultant & Technical Trainer
Neil Bryan is an IT consultant and technical trainer specializing in VMware, Citrix and Microsoft virtualization and infrastructure.

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