Setting Up Server 2008 Core

Configuring IPv4 on the Local network interface:

  • To set your IP address:
    netsh interface ip set address name=”Local Area Connection” static <ip address> <netmask> <default gateway>
    (Note:  If you are using netsh on a platform earlier than Server 2008 (i.e. Server 2003) you may nned to provide more explicit parameters such as:
    netsh interface ip set address name”Local Area Connection” source=”static” addr=”<addr>” mask=”<mask>” gateway=”<gateway>” gwmetric=”1″)
  • To set your first DNS server:
    netsh interface ip set dns “Local Area Connection” static <DNSServerIP>
    (NOTE:  You may want to set DNS info first if you need your interface to be functional as soon as the IP address comes online.)
  • To set your first WINS server:
    netsh interface ip set wins “Local Area Connection” static <WINSServerIP>
  • Setting up additional WINS and DNS servers:
    • run “netsh”
    • go to the context “interface ip”
    • run:
      add dns "Local Area Connection" <DNSServerIP> index=2
      add wins "Local Area Connection" <WINSServerIP> index=2
    • Verify settings with:
      "ipconfig /all" or "netsh interface ip show config"

Installing VMWare Tools:

  • In the ESX console, initiate “Install VMWare Tools”
  • At the server console, switch to D:, run setup.exe with typical options, wait wait wait wait, affirm that you want to install the updated help files, reboot.

Changing the console resolution:

  • use regedit.exe
  • navigate to:
    (or whichever GUID key have the subkey of “0000” named “VolatileSettings”)
  • Change “DefaultSettings.XResolution” and “DefaultSettings.YResolution” to your desired values in decimal format.

Enabling remote desktop:slmgr

  • cscript C:WindowsSystem32Scregedit.wsf /ar 0
  • netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Desktop” new enable=yes

Activating a KMS:

  • After networking is configured, use SLMGR.vbs to activate your KMS
  • For you sanity, you may wish to perform “cscript //H:cscript” to set the command line script interpreter as the default script handler.
  • run “slmgr.vbs -ipk <KMS product key>”
  • run “slmgr.vbs -ato” to activate the KMS
  • run “Netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=“Key Management Server” new enable=yes” to allow KMS client traffic through the firewall (more on this below)
  • run “slmgr.vbs -dlv” to monitor KMS activity.

Allowing Remote Administration:

  • Netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=“<rule group>” new enable=yes
  • <rule group> can include:
  • Remote Event Log Management
  • Remote Service Management
  • File and Printer Sharing
  • Remote Scheduled Tasks Management
  • Performance Logs and Alerts
  • Remote Volume Management
  • Windows Firewall Remote Management
  • Now that I have remote access via MMC, I see that the group “Key Management Service” is also available.  Also see the “Remote Desktop” group, above.
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