Configuring Microsoft Server 2012
Once you've installed Server 2012, you will need to make some initial configurations for Microsoft Server 2012. For this article I will be using Microsoft Server 2012 with only the Server Core Installation.
We will start by using the Server Configuration utility.
- From the Command Prompt, enter sconfig.
- Press 2 and return to change the Host name.
- Changing the host name will require a server reboot.
- Press 8 to change the Network Settings.
- You'll typically want a static IP address, rather than the default DHCP address.
- 15 will return you to the Command Prompt.
Install the GUI
When configuring Server 2012, you will often find it easier to use the GUI. This can be installed and accessed purely for the configuration phase.
- From the Command Prompt, enter powershell.
- Next type Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell.
- Followed by Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra.
- Restart the server by typing Shutdown -r -t 0.
With the GUI installed you'll find the following configurations easier.
Here are some tools, roles and features that you might want to configure for your server.
- Install VM Tools
- Remote Desktop Services
- Active Directory Domain Services
- Add a new hard disk
- Configure some shares
Disable the GUI
Start by loading Server Manager, if it's not already started.
- Go to Manage > Remove Roles and Features.
- Click Next on the Before you begin page.
- Select your Server and click Next.
- Click Next on the Remove server roles page.
- Deselect the User Interfaces and Infrastructure option.
- Remove any dependant features that come up in the dialog box.
- Select Restart the destination server automatically if required.
- Click Remove.
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