Sep 282008

The Server Core installation option is a new option that you can use for installing Windows Server 2008. A Server Core installation provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles, which reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles.

The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 requires initial configuration at a command prompt. A Server Core installation does not include the traditional full graphical user interface. Once you have configured the server, you can manage it locally at a command prompt or remotely using a Terminal Server connection. You can also manage the server remotely using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) or command-line tools that support remote use.

Join a domain

netdom join ComputerName /domain:DomainName /userd:UserName /passwordd:*
Yes, /passwordd:*
needs to have that second d at the end of it.

Remove from domain

netdom remove

Rename a Domain Member

netdom renamecomputer %computername% /NewName: /userd: /password:*

Rename Administrator

wmic UserAccount where Name=”Administrator” call Rename Name=”new-name”

Add User to a Local Group

net localgroup GroupName /add \

Remove User from a Local Group

net localgroup GroupName /delete \

Confirm Domain and/ New Computer name


Update User Passwords

Net user [/domain] *

Server Core Common Server Management Commands

Toggle Remote Desktop on and off

Cscript \windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /ar 0

Enable reduced security for RDP connections

Cscript \windows\system32\scregedit.wsf /cs 0

Active Server Core

Local method – Slmgr.vbs –ato
Remote method – Cscript windows\system32\slmgr.vbsServerName UserName password:-ato

Rename a Stand-Alone Member

netdom renamecomputer /NewName:

List of installed patches

wmic qfe list

Install Updates

wusa .msu /quiet

Configure for AutoUpdates

cscript scregedit.wsf /AU 4

Disable AutoUpdates

cscript scregedit.wsf /AU 1

View AutoUpdate Setting

cscript scregedit.wsf /AU /v

Configure the Page File

wmic pagefileset where name=”” set InitialSize=,MaximumSize=

Configure a Proxy Server: (Server Core cannot use a proxy that requires a proxy)

netsh Winhttp set proxy :

All TCP/IP commands work including the following


List Running Services

sc query

Start and/or Stop a Service

sc start
sc stop

Task Manager: (Ctrl+Shift+Esc)


Manage Disk Volumes

Diskpart /?

Defrag a Volume

defrag /?

Change Time and Time Zone

control timedate.cpl

Change the Desktop Resolution: (requires you to log off and back on)

Regedit – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Video

Display the Time in the Command Prompt

prompt [$t]$s$p$g

Log off

shutdown /l

Restart Now

shutdown /r /t 0

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