October 12, 2013 1 Comment
With the update to the Server Core functionality in Windows Server 2012 – it is now possible to switch from Server Core to the GUI and also from the GUI to Server Core. It does involve a restart but this is something that wasn’t possible in the first edition (Server 2008) without completely reinstalling Windows.
I like the Microsoft approach to this kind of new technology – release something – listen to the customers/technical implementers – improve the product
It’s a system that has worked well for Microsoft for years, yes there are some issues (Vista/ DRM on Xbox One) – but at least there isn’t a dictatorship like with some fruity products we know. Who in the technology industry wants to be told that a certain feature you like, isn’t in fact likeable, not because they have a solid reason, just simply because it interferes with the pretty colours of the GUI.
I digress –
Here is a little run through of how to get from Server core to the GUI and back again (by Bilbo Baggins 😉
Run the following command in Powershell (requires a restart)
Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-GUI-Shell -Restart
To convert from Server Core mode to a GUI mode, follow these steps when the server is initially configured for Server Core mode;
- Get-WindowsImage -ImagePath path to wim\install.wim
- Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-GUI-Shell -restart – Source wim: path to WIM\install.wim: (Index # from step 1)
- For Windows Update as the source use – Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell -Restart
After this point you can switch he server back to Server Core mode whenever it is convenient
Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server0Gui-Mgmt-Infra -restart (Restart required)
Hope this helps for your practicing with Server Core 🙂