Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Windows Server 2008 Server Core

The Server Core edition of the Windows Server 2008 operating system provides a low-maintenance server environment with limited functionality. The Server Core is primarily designed for production systems due to it's minimal installation and high performance. It does not provide a GUI, instead alike Unix it provides a command prompt to work upon. The minimal nature of Server Core has limitations such as:
1. There is no Windows shell, with minimal GUI
2. There is limited managed code support
3. There is limited MSI support (unattended mode only).
4. ASP.NET is not supported (MS is working on the next release of server core to support

The tools on server core are primarily designed to be managed remotely e.g. you can manage server core IIS in two different ways:
1. Use the command prompt on server core
2. Logon remotely and manage the IIS using the GUI on a remote machine

Since server core is minimal on GUI and high on functionality side, it is best suited for production systems. You can find more information on Server Core here.


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