Microsoft Server Discussion Thoughts

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There are three options that exist for moving from Server 2008 (R2) to Server 2012, they are Full Server install with Graphical User Interface (GUI), Server Core install, and Minimum Shell (MinShell). Full Server w/GUI is the most familiar option to administrators and allows the use of a mouse to navigate through the installation. Server Core is a bare bones version that has no enhancements to improve the installation experience.  MinShell is the best of both worlds it allows the use of the GUI management tools without actually installing the GUI while incorporating the advantages of the Server Core. Limitations and caveats that should be considered are minimum requirements and upgrade paths. For example, Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise is not available in 2012 so a decision must be made on which version to upgrade to, Standard or Datacenter. Whether to proceed with a clean install or in-place upgrade can depend on the situation. I would recommend a clean install if upgrading from a version more than one generation ago, but an in-place upgrade if installing from a version only a generation prior.

Panek, William. ( © 2015). Mcsa windows server 2012 r2 complete study guide (exams 70-410, 70-411, 70-412, and 70-417). [Books24x7 version] Available from


Server Core is most ideal in scenario’s that call for high security (or minimal risk). Throughout our lessons this week it has been repeatedly stated that Server Core is more secure than a full installation based simply on the fact that it is so minimalistic. That is to say, there are fewer programs running, limiting the amount of targets for an attack by a malicious user or bot. This minimalism also makes Server Core lightweight. By that I mean there are less programs required to achieve full functionality. Less programs means less memory used and less time spent downloading upgrades. This would lend itself to being an ideal choice where perhaps staffing is a bit less than abundant. (Why is Server Core Useful?).

  One of the most glaring disadvantages of Server Core is the lack of a GUI. Some may argue whether or not this is a disadvantage but I do not think that anyone can argue that a GUI makes thinks simpler. Server Core’s minimalism means the user is working with just a command line. This can be less than ideal when not everyone in the office understands how to operate a system via command lines. User error as I like to call it is often the biggest road block in productivity in the corporate world. I cannot count the number of times I’ve seen co-workers be tasked with something only to have them sit on their hands for a week because they would rather wait until another employee is tasked than reveal that they do not know how to do something.

  Server Core can run and handle many useful services. It can be set up to run as a DHCP for a network, Active Directory Domain Services, printing and documenting services, and even the Hyper-V role.

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