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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SIDs in Windows VMs

Today sysinternals retired the NewSID tool from their suite of utilities. Mark Russinovich (one of the writers of NewSID – the other being Bryce Cogswell) explains in his blog how the decision to retire the utility came about and it's probably a surprise to many. It has been a long held belief by man in IT that all Windows Servers and Desktops must have a unique SID. Certainly I recall having SID duplication issues back in the heady days of Windows NT but it's not something that I have encountered as an issue since. Like many I just assumed that…

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