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

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Initial Configuration

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) ...

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