Category Archives: Server Core

Smart-X CoreConfigurator

I just realized I like Smart-X CoreConfigurator a lot. This is not just due to the improving quality of the tool, but also the way Smart-X copes with feedback and is able to provide feedback on my feedback. (Not a lot of companies know how to do the latter.) After testing previous versions of CoreConfigurator […]


Powering Server Core

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 came with built-in support for serial and USB connected Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) devices. From within the Power Options you could manage your UPS and the shutdown behavior of the box.


Smart-X CoreConfigurator … I’m impressed

Smart-X, the Israel-based company behind CoreConfigurator and former employer of Guy Teverovsky has released a new version of CoreConfigurator for Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008. And I must admit … I’m impressed!


Antimalware on Server Core, a strategic choice

In the past I’ve mentioned a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 is less susceptible to attacks than a full installation of Windows Server 2008: It has less code on disk and in memory, resulting in a smaller attack surface It requires less updates It doesn’t offer a built-in way to browse the web […]


How to install Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Beta

Now that Microsoft has released the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 to the public it’s time to get our hand dirty and install this test version. Let’s look at the system requirements Microsoft recommends and how to install it!


CoreConfigurator brought back to life by Smart-X

I remember pretty well when Guy Teverovsky shared his CoreConfigurator tool, to help Server Core Systems Administrators perform everyday tasks through a Graphical User Interface (GUI). I still remember the buzz it generated throughout the blogosphere, I still remember the amount of kudos to Guy for building and sharing this tool, I still remember the […]


An early look at new features in Server Core

At Tech∙Ed last week some information emerged on Windows Server 2008 R2. Specifically some information was handed out on the Server Core installation option in the successor to Windows Server 2008. Let’s take an early look at the differences between Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 and Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 […]


Analyzing the Server Core Updates Estimate

One of Server Core's touted benefits is it requires less security updates. Jeff Jones did some interesting research a little while ago in which he compared a theoretical Windows Server 2003 Server Core edition to a Windows Server 2003 installation in terms of security updates.


Making HVConfig work on a normal Server Core installation

Microsoft's Hyper-V Server 2008 product comes with a wizard, that allows easy configuration of the Server Core-based subsystem.


Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time

Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time … That's the tagline of the Virtual Reality VMWare blog, but I don't think Eric Horschman did a good job in his blogpost where he compared VMWare's ESXi 3.5 and a Hyper-V enabled installation of Windows Server 2008 Server Core.