Category Archives: Server Core

HOWTO: Disable Unnecessary Services on Web Application Proxies

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Hardening Hybrid Identity

Most Microsoft-based Hybrid Identity implementations use Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers, Web Application Proxies and Azure AD Connect installations. In this series, labeled Hardening Hybrid Identity, we’re looking at hardening these implementations, using recommended practices. Let’s harden the Web Application Proxy installations, by disabling unnecessary services running on it. This way, we lower […]


Configuring the Azure AD Connect Health Agent for AD FS on Server Core

When you get serious about security in Hybrid Identity implementations, you would opt to implement AD FS servers and Web Application Proxies as Server Core installations. However, this poses a slight problem with the Azure AD Connect Health Agent for AD FS, because at first glance, you can’t configure it on Server Core installations of […]


I’m hosting a ‘Minimalism in Windows Server’ event with Jeff Wouters and Ajilon

When I started my speaking career back in 2006, I didn’t have fancy demo hardware and Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) wasn’t even born, then. To talk about an interesting IT Pro topic and provide appealing demos, I choose to talk about Server Core. On June 22, I’m coming full circle. While I’ve been demoing Azure Active […]


Nice offer on a great Server Core book when you’re in the Netherlands! (and a little promotion of this blog)

For a limited time, Computer Collectief is offering books on Windows Server 2008 for a mere €10 each. While all these books would be great resources and a professional way to spend your holidays on the beach, I feel one particular book, should really make it to your reading list, when you’re working with Server […]


Active Directory Services on Server Core installations

Windows Server 2012 is a major leap forward for Server Core installations of Windows Server. Not only are Full installations of Windows Server convertible back and forth to Server Core installations without reinstallation, a whole slew of new Server Roles have become available for installation on the mean, clean Server Core installations. Active Directory Domain […]


How to install a Server Core R2 Domain Controller

Server Core installations were a new feature in Windows Server 2008. Now, in Windows Server 2008 R2, it has been given a major upgrade. It now includes the .Net Framework, Active Directory Certificate Services, etc. (for a full list, see this blogpost) Over three years ago I showed you how to install a Server Core […]


Server Core Anytime Upgrades

Windows Vista had a neat trick up its sleeve, that allowed admins to change the Vista SKU without the need for reinstallation or installation media. One could, for instance, ‘transition’ a Windows Vista Home Basic installation to Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Enterprise. This functionality is called Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU) Windows 7 […]


Server Core Roles and Features in 2008 R2

Server Core installations are versatile, secure and highly-optimized installations of Windows Server. Dubbed ‘Windows without Windows’ by some, these installation in Windows Server 2008 R2 are capable of providing more (infrastructural) services than ever! Just like Full installations of Windows Server 2008 R2, depending on the edition of your choice, or budget, the Server Roles […]


How to get going with PowerShell in Server Core R2

Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 R2 and installations of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 offer Windows PowerShell. A lot has been written on the geekiness of PowerShell, how it wasn’t included in Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 R2 and how you could enable it anyway. The question however is, how do you […]


Windows on Windows (WoW) in Server Core R2

As you’re probably aware Windows Server 2008 R2 is not available in a 32bit (x86) version. Only 64bit versions (both x64 and IA64) are available, but Microsoft happily provides 32bit Windows on Windows (WoW) support, so admins can install their favorite 32bit programs on top of their 64bit installations. I’ve dedicated quite some blogposts to […]