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.

Basic Commands

Show interfaces -> netsh interface ipv4 show interface

Set Static IP Adress -> netsh interface ipv4 set address "local area connection" static

Change DNS -> netsh interface ipv4 add dnsservers "local area connection" 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 -> shutdown -r

Join Server to domain -> netdom join /domain:domain /userd:abc /passwordd:123

Enable Window Remote management -> winrm quickconfig


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.

Sconfig Server Core

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.

Core configurator

Visual Core configurator

Smart-x Core Configuration (free for personal use or $99 for a site license)

As you can see, there are plenty of methods to configure your Server core installation.