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Server Core: Best Practice for Applications, Server Core Installation Option Getting Started Guide and TechEd presentation

The availability & benefits of using Server Core option of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 wasn’t as widely known “as we think it should be. Windows Server Core provides minimal installation environment for running specific server roles, which reduces maintenance & management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles. Following roles are supported in 2008 R2: Active Directory Certificate Services; Active Directory Domain Services; Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS); DHCP Server; DNS Server; File Services (including File Server Resource Manager); Hyper-V; Print and Document Services; Streaming Media Services; Web Server (including a subset of ASP.NET). Over time, number of reboots for patching or security updates is significantly reduced for Server Core installation. In some cases, customers can see up to 60% reduction in patch requirements and number of reboots on a monthly basis,” writes David B. Cross. For more information and background on the capabilities of Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2, see TechEd presentation embedded below or to get started with a Server Core installation, see embedded guide:

What’s new in Server Core for Windows Server 2008 R2 (TechEd presentation):

Server Core Installation Option Getting Started Guide:


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