The initial steps you’ll need to perform on a Server Core installation will depend somewhat on your intended use of the installation, but we think that the following ones are the most obvious:
Set a fixed IP address.
Change the server name to match your internal standards.
Join the server to a domain.
Change the default resolution of the console.
Enable remote management through Windows Firewall.
Enable remote desktop.
Activate the server.
We’ll walk through these steps for you, and leave you with a couple of basic scripts that you can modify to automate these tasks for your environment. Table 9-1 contains the settings we’ll be using during this install scenario.
Table 9-1. Settings for Initial Server Core Configuration (Example) ...