Core Configurator

An acquaintance of mine (cheers Ray) found this after I asked him a few Server Core questions yesterday. The Core Configurator 2.0 is a graphical frontend to a collection of PowerShell scripts that will allow you to configure your Windows Server 2008 R2 Core VM very easily. After downloading it locally, use the vSphere client to mount the ISO file on your VM. From within the command prompt on the guest OS, change drive to your CD / DVD drive (D: in my screenshot below) and just run the”Start_Coreconfig.wsf” file. This opens a GUI with…

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Installing VMtools on 2008 Server R2 Core

Have you ever wondered how to install VMtools on a Windows 2008 Server R2 Core guest running on an ESX 3.5 host? “Hang on,” you say, “R2 is officially supported on ESX 3.5!” And you'd be right, for the moment at least. ESX 3.5 U4 does indeed not support R2 officially yet although VMware support hinted that U5 is due at some point. Still, the customer is king and mine wanted an R2 VM. First things first, the WoW64 Execution Layer needs to be installed and the server rebooted to allow R2 to…

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Configure 2008 Server Core Networking

So you've installed Windows Server 2008 Core, you don't use DHCP and you want to get the thing on the network. I keep forgetting how to do this so I thought I'd create this post to help me remember! I'm assuming that you've got as far as changing the administrator password and logging in. The next step is as easy as typing a few commands into the plain black window you see in front of you. For this example, let's assume that we want the server to have the following network configuration: HOSTNAME: win2008core IP ADDRESS: 10.1.5.16…

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