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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

I'm keen to see how well the Server Core is adopted, as I was always a fan of the earlier Netware Servers before they started adding the JavaX GUI front end - very light and purposeful.

So I thought I'd drop a note about two sites I've come across today:

Introducing The Server Core blog
Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following:

  • DHCP server
  • File Server
  • DNS server
  • Active Directory

Server Core also includes the following optional features:

  • Failover Cluster
  • Network Load Balancing
  • Multipath IO
  • Removable Storage 
  • Bitlocker Drive Encryption
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based applications
  • Backup


Server Core is all about letting an administrator run the above roles with less installed, running, and needing to be managed on a server. For example, there is no GUI shell on Server Core, the local interface for managing the server is the command prompt. You can use MMC snap-ins to remotely manage a Server Core installation. All of this provides the following benefits:

  • Reduced maintance
  • Reduced attack surface area
  • Reduced management
  • Less disk space required to install


Server Core



Posted on Friday, June 1, 2007 2:29 PM IT Management , Security | Back to top

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