Windows 2008 Server: Remotely Managing Core Settings through MMC Snap-ins

One of the major pains of managing such a GUI-stripped installation is the configuration of the any Windows settings, mostly because we, Windows-based and Windows-accustomed administrators, have very little in common with non-GUI-based operating systems. In Server Core, some (although not all) of the server settings can somehow be managed by existing MMC snap-ins, however, […]

One of the major pains of managing such a GUI-stripped installation is the configuration of the any Windows settings, mostly because we, Windows-based and Windows-accustomed administrators, have very little in common with non-GUI-based operating systems. In Server Core, some (although not all) of the server settings can somehow be managed by existing MMC snap-ins, however, since Server Core has no MMC available to run locally, we need to fire up those snap-ins remotely, from one of our management workstations or servers.

In this article, I assume that you have already configured your server core with the bare minimum requirements to operate in a network. These requirements are:

  • Configuring an IP address
  • Configuring a server name
  • Configuring an administrator's password
  • Configured the server's firewall

You should, but are not required to, also join the server to your domain.

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