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Configuring Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V Core

One of the primary reason that i have noticed administrators choosing a full installation of Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V over Hyper-V core, knowing that Full Installation is going to consume more resources , has been due to the difficulty in configuring them using command line . This is primarily due to lack of knowledge of the commands and also the difficulty in remembering them . What is required from Administrators is just to complete the basic setup which includes assigning IP Address , Computer Name , adding it to Domain and easing the firewall rules to manage the core remotely .

Remember that we can manage any Hyper-V Core Servers remotely from Windows Vista / 7 or Windows 2008 / 2008 R2 Servers

There are two tools which can be used to do the basic configuration of a Core Installation

1) SCONFIG

2) Core Configurator

SCONFIG :

Sconfig is by default available in Windows 2008 R2 Core installations . Type ” Sconfig.cmd “ in the command prompt to open the configuration options . Choose an option between 1  to 13 to carry out various tasks .

Sconfig

Configuring Server Core using Sconfig

The following tasks can be performed using sconfig .

  • Assigning Computer Name
  • Adding the Computer to Domain
  • Adding a User as Local Administrator
  • Configuring Remote Management
  • Configuring Windows update Settings
  • Downloading and Installing Windows Updates
  • Enabling / Disabling Remote Desktop
  • Network Settings – Configuring IP Address / DNS Servers
  • Changing Date and Time
  • Log Off / Restart / Shutdown Server

Core Configurator : Core Configurator is a GUI based tool which uses power of PowerShell in the background to perform the most common administrative tasks .

Core Configurator

The following tasks can be performed using Core Configurator Tool .

  • Licensing Windows Core
  • Networking Configuration
  • DCPromo Tool
  • ISCSI Configuration
  • Adding Server Roles and Features
  • Assigning User and Group Permissions
  • Creating and Deleting Shares
  • Configuring Firewall settings
  • Display | Screensaver Settings
  • Add & Remove Drivers
  • Configuring Proxy settings
  • Configuring Windows Updates
  • Multipath I/O
  • Hyper-V including virtual machine thumbnails
  • Assigning Computer Name and Joining to Domain
  • Add/remove programs
  • Services
  • WinRM
  • Complete logging of all commands executed

Download Link : http://coreconfig.codeplex.com/

Download and Extract the files and copy the extracted files to Server core . Go to the folder where the file has been extracted and then type “Start_CoreConfig.wsf” .

Note : Please download Core Configurator 2.0 (x64) for configuring Windows 2008 R2 Core and Core Configurator 1.1 for configuring Windows 2008 Core Systems .

Please do share if there are any additional Tools available for configuring server core .

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  1. Uma
    December 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Super….Really helpful… Core config tool is the best way to manage Hyper-V servers….

    Thanks a ton Sudharsan… 🙂

    • December 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      Glad it helped you in the configuration .

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