Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation is a minimal install of the upcoming Windows Server OS that can run specific roles (like DNS, Active Directory or File Server) with a much smaller footprint and attack surface.
In a previous blog post I looked into overall image sizes for both and also discussed some of the details about the differences between these Full and the Core installs.
Now I am taking it one step further to look into the executable files in both installs. I will be presenting about this next Thursday and wanted to have a better feel for what’s really the difference between the two. My findings are presented below, first with some overall counts and then looking at files by group (only in Core, in both, only in full).
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