So your have your Core Server installed, now what? This post will give you some options for configuring your install. We’ll cover basic commands, Sconfig and 3rd party tools.
Show interfaces ->
netsh interface ipv4 show interface
Set Static IP Adress ->
netsh interface ipv4 set address "local area connection" static 10.0.0.10 255.0.0.0 10.0.0.1
Change DNS ->
netsh interface ipv4 add dnsservers "local area connection" 10.0.0.2 index=1 (2 for secondary NS)
Enable Remote Desktop ->
cscript C:\Windows\System32\Scregedit.wsf /ar 0
Rename Server ->
netdom renamecomputer oldname! /newname:newname!
Restart Server ->
Join Server to domain ->
netdom join /domain:domain /userd:abc /passwordd:123
Enable Window Remote management ->
SConfig is built into 2008 R2 Server Core by default, and you can do a lot of the most common configuration tasks from here. It’s pretty straight forward and each step has on-screen instructions. Type
sconfig from the command prompt.
3rd party tools
All of these tools come in an ISO format which is ideal in a virtual environment. Upload the ISO to the datastore and mount them to your guest. I’ve taken 3 short videos to show you the general feel of each tool.
As you can see, there are plenty of methods to configure your Server core installation.