Microsoft's Hyper-V Server 2008 product comes with a wizard, that allows easy configuration of the Server Core-based subsystem.
This tool can be used on normal Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 too. This blogpost describes what files to copy from a US English Hyper-V Server 2008 installation, where to place them and how to install this wizard to autorun. All in five easy steps! 🙂
When you're using a different language change the En-Us bit for the files accordingly:
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You will need to following files from a Hyper-V Server 2008 installation:
Copy the files to their respective location on your Server Core installation.
Review the instruction here to get files onto your Server Core box.
Open the Registry Editor, by running regedit.exe and browse to the following location:
Create a new String value (REG_SZ) named HVConfig. Right click it and select Modify Data from the context menu. Type C:\Windows\system32\hvconfig.cmd as the data and press the OK button to save.
Close the Registry Editor.
Log off by typing logoff on the command prompt. Log on using an account with administrative privileges.
Step 5 (Optional)
Optionally change the contents of hvconfig.vbs to display another header.
Since we're no longer running the script on Hyper-V Server it would be appropriate to change the top banner.
Type the following command:
Now change the L_Msg005_Text constant to something appropriate.
You can also change the color of the screen by changing the second line in HVConfig.cmd. Default color is 17 (White on Blue), but I prefer 47. (White on Red)
CoreConfigurator and CoreConfig are great tools, but HVConfig can be used just the same…