Installing Windows Server 2012 in Core Mode – Step by Step – Part II

In the last article we installed Windows Server 2012 in Core Mode but we still need to configure the server.  Now we are going to walk through various options and configuration methods.  You will want to take note of two commands right away, since the only window you will see in Core mode by default is the command prompt.   By typing in “help” at the prompt then hitting “enter” you will find a list of commands available for general system maintenance.  The command I will be focusing on in this lesson is “sconfig.cmd”.

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Installing Windows Server 2012 in Core Mode – Step by Step – Part I

If you are like me, I have put off installing Windows Server in Core mode because frankly seeing the OS in a graphical interface helps me think.  However, we are now living in an age where the remote configuration tools are so rich and simplified that it’s high time I got around to diving in to the GUI-less server mode.  So let’s get started!  Read more

How does HyperV compare to vSphere?

I get asked a lot, how does the new HyperV compare to vSphere especially since VMworld just ended. Well now we have a document that provides spec by spec comparisons of vSphere and HyperV. This doc is up to date with all of the announcements made in the past two weeks on both Windows Server 2012 and VMware vSphere 5.1: http://aka.ms/hypervcomparedtovsphere   Also, here’s a free ebook that’s a good intro to Windows Server 2012: http://aka.ms/hypervintroebook