Server Core – Initial Configuration

I’ve gotten a lot of questions, both in the mail and at the Ask The Experts-booth at Microsoft TechEd IT Forum in Barcelona in November about Windows Server 2008 Core. Most of these questions are how to configure and manage your Server Core-installation. Secondly the question usually is “What can you run on it?”. In a series of articles I thought we’d take a closer look on these subjects and we’re starting off with initial configuration. These are the steps taken right after installation to configure the firewall, remote administration and network settings for example.

 The below list of commands are not in any particular order and I might edit it for usability in the future…

Configure networking

To list all the interfaces:

Netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces

Look at the output and in the IDX-column find the corresponding adapter.

To configure your adapter, type the following:

Netsh interface ipv4 set address name=[id] source=static address=[static ip] mask=[subnet mask] gateway=[default gateway] (substitute with your desired configuration, ie for IP)

To set the DNS-server address:

Netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=[id] address=[dnsip] index=1

To set the administrative password:

Net user administrator *

Then type your desired password twice.

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Technet Update – Malmö

Just back at the hotel for a quick lunch and grabbing the bags after our presentation here in Malmö. Today went a lot better than yesterday when we visited Gothenburg. That’s probably because we changed the stuff that we got negative feedback on. We’ll get it right eventually…

Like we mentioned today, here are the slides. And those of you that asked questions you didn’t get answered can e-mail me at joachim.nasslander(at)

Here are the slides:

Session 1: TechnetUpdateSession1.ppt

Session 2: TechnetUpdateSession2.ppt

Session 3: TechnetUpdateSession3.ppt

Now it’s off to Umeå in northern Sweden, with a short stop at Bromma Airport for a change of plane.

 UPDATE: All session slides in a zip-archive, 4.9 mb – Get them here!

Let Me Entertain You!

That’s how Robbie Williams started off at Ullevi. I didn’t get to run in on the lightramp though, but I’m a happy camper anyway 🙂 

On the train, again. Feels like I’m doing a lot of travelling these days and looking back I can say it’s so. Having spent two nights in my own bed out of 23 I have a longing for home. Right now I’m on the train between Gothenburg and Malmo. At the moment I’m doing Technet Update with Microsoft on the subject virtualization. We’re talking about, and showing, some different virtualization techniques. We start off with Terminal Services, and looking at the news in Windows Server 2008 we’re covering TS Gateway, TS Remote Programs and TS Web Access. From there we talk about Softgrid and application virtualization, showing off some different versions of Word and different Java-versions in Internet Explorer. We’re also covering the application sequencing and group policy management. On the more “real” side of virtualization we take a brief look at Virtual PC and Virtual Server before moving on to Hyper-V (the thing previously known as Windows Virtualization Services, previously known as Viridian. Just like Prince…). Gothenburg went allright, as always when you’re on tour there’s some ups and downs. We’ll get it right!

Now it’s time to prepare the presentation for tomorrow and do the improvements that our audience in Gothenburg pointed out.