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The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008 by John Savill

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Chapter 14. Server Core

This chapter looks at a new feature in Windows Server 2008, an installation option known as a Server Core installation (as opposed to a full installation). Windows Server Core is not a separate product or even a separate license; it simply installs a bare metal server installation with the components needed to run a small set of core network roles, such as domain controller service and file service features, without everything else...which includes the exclusion of the familiar Windows Explorer GUI. You start with a detailed overview of Windows Server Core, which details the roles that it can fulfill, and then you look at ways to install Server Core. Finally, you learn how to configure and use your GUI-less Server Core ...

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