Server Core – Windows Longhorn

What is Server Core in Windows Longhorn?

Well, what do you mean by Server Core? A Server Core is a part in where you can have only least functionality of the server operating system. This is the first time Microsoft has introduced this technology. Server Core feature in Longhorn run the minimal  code to support a component service in Windows Operating System such as : DHCP, DNS, File Server etc.

You can have a specific feature run in minimal code without exploiting whole OS code. This is possible by running the Windows Longhorn (Microsoft’s Next generation Operating System) in Server Core installation.

This is all about disabling unwanted services in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (Longhorn). They have done a tremendous job,

I will shout more on this when time permits 🙂

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Windows Longhorn’s new Server Core installation is going to make unhappy administrators who totally depend on GUI tools because Server Core installation and administration is totally dependent on Command lines – yes I’m right – Command lines.

Microsoft has decided to include Server Core in final release of its new operating system (Windows Longhorn Server). Beta 2 had only five roles and Beta 3 includes three new roles: AD, AD LDS, DHCP, DNS, File, Print, and WMS (AD LDS and WMS are new to Beta 3).

It will support more roles in its final release. There will be total of 8 roles to be supported by Windows Longhorn Server.

What’s in Server Core?

Server Core installation is very simple. You just need to proceed with Server Longhorn and select “Windows Longhorn ServerCore” when installing Longhorn product. There are total of Top 9 features supported by Longhorn Server. These are the followings: 

  1. Role-based installation and administration.
  2. Windows Firewall
  3. Windows PowerShell
  4. Server Manager
  5. Server Core
  6. BitLocker
  7. Read Only Domain Controller
  8. Terminal Services
  9. Network Access Protection

Windows Longhorn Server supports total of 18 role-based installations:

  1. Active Directory Certificate Services.
  2. Active Directory Domain Services.
  3. Active Directory Federation Services.
  4. Directory Lightweight Directory Services.
  5. Active Directory Rights Management Services.
  6. Application Server.
  7. DHCP Server.
  8. DNS Server.
  9. Fax Server.
  10. File Services.
  11. Network Policy and Access Services.
  12. Print Server.
  13. Terminal Services.
  14. UDDI Services.
  15. Web Server.
  16. Windows Deployment Services.
  17. Windows Media Services.
  18. Windows SharePoint Services.
  19. Windows Server Virtualization.

One thought on “Server Core – Windows Longhorn”

  1. Please specify, can we run an external EXE (Application) on core installation of Windows server 2008.

    If yes, How ?

    Thanks in advance.

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