Apr 012008

Windows 2008 Server Core has to be configured on the command prompt because it has no graphical user interface.This simple tool demonstrates perfectly that it is possible to manage Server Core with a GUI. Okay, this tool is rather simple, but it allows you to configure all essential settings of a freshly installed Server Core system. Note that CoreConfigurator is not a tool for remotely managing Server Core like RSAT. Teverovsky’s tool runs natively on Server Core.


  • Product Activation
  • Configuration of display resolution
  • Clock and time zone configuration
  • Remote Desktop configuration
  • Management of local user accounts (creation, deletion, group membership, passwords)
  • Firewall configuration
  • WinRM configuration
  • IP configuration
  • Computer name and domain/workgroup membership
  • Installation of Server Core features/roles

First you need to download CoreConfigurator from here

Install CoreConfigurator in Windows Server 2008 Core

So you can just copy the CoreConfigurator setup on a network share of another server and access it from there. You could also copy it to a CDROM.

To install the tool you have to launch the command prompt and type:

msiexec /i configurator.msi

Then you have to navigate to the program folder where you installed the tool and launch it with


Now, you can finally leave the CLI and configure Server Core as if it had a modern user interface.


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