Server Core Tasks

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Description:

When installing Server Core, it is common to do tasks such as these.

To Resolve:

  1. Set IP Address/ Gateway/ DNS:

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    Get-NetAdapter
    New-NetIPAddress -InterfaceIndex 2 -IPAddress 192.168.1.101 -PrefixLength 24 -DefaultGateway 192.168.1.1
    Set-DNSClientServerAddress -InterfaceIndex 2 -ServerAddresses @("8.8.8.8", "8.8.4.4")
    
  2. Enable/Disable Windows Firewall:

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    Set-NetFirewallProfile -Name Public,Private,Domain -Enabled False
    
  3. Add/Remove features:

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    Get-WindowsFeature | Where-Object Installed -eq True
    
  4. Join to Domain:

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    Add-computer -DomainName mydomain.com
    
  5. Activate Windows:

    • To see current license: slmgr /dlv
    • To activate: Slmgr /ato
  6. Add local users:

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    net user gerry MyPass! /add
    net localgroup administrators gerry /add
    
    • Then, on the actual host, sign out. Hit esc, other sign in options – .\gerry and sign in just to make sure the account is there.
  7. Verify the current Windows Update setting: %systemroot%\system32\Cscript scregedit.wsf /AU /v

    • To enable automatic updates:
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    Net stop wuauserv  
    %systemroot%\system32\Cscript scregedit.wsf /AU 4  
    Net start wuauserv
    
    • To disable automatic updates, run:
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    Net stop wuauserv  
    %systemroot%\system32\Cscript scregedit.wsf /AU 1  
    Net start wuauserv
    

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