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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Chapter 9. Installing and Configuring Server Core

The usual progression for an operating system (or an application, for that matter) is to grow and add features, sometimes well beyond what any of us want or need. Windows Server 2008 reverses that trend with a completely new installation option—Server Core. When you install Windows Server 2008, regardless of which edition you’re installing, you have the option of choosing a full installation, with everything, or just the Server Core portion.

Server Core is just the essentials, with little or no graphical interface. The logon provider has the same graphical look, but ...

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