Configuring Windows 2008 Server Core

Manage users and passwords:
  • View users: net user
  • Change password: net user <username> *
  • Add local administrators: net localgroup administrators /add <domainname>\<username>
View and configure the server IP address:
  • View IP: Ipconfig /all
  • View interfaces: netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces
  • Set IP address: netsh interface ipv4 set address "<conn name>" static <ip> <subnet> <gateway>Set
  • DNS servers: netsh interface ipv4 add dnsservers "<conn name>" <address> index=<1,2>
View and set the server name:
  • View: hostname
  • Change: netdom renamecomputer <current name> /NewName:<new name></new></current>
Join and leave a domain:
  • Join a domain: netdom join <computer name> /domain:<domain> /userD:<domain admin> /passwordD:<admin pw> | or * (to request)
  • Use /userO: and /passwordO: to specify credentials for the computer if the current user isn't a local administrator</admin></domain></domain>
  • Leave a domain: netdom remove
Shutdown and restart:
  • Shutdown: shutdown /s /t 0Restart: shutdown /r /t 0
  • /t 0 removes the restart timeout and annoying prompt
Configuring remote access and the firewall:
  • Enable remote access through firewall: netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Administration" new enable="yes"
  • Enable remote firewall management: netsh advfirewall set currentprofile settings remote management enable
  • Enable Windows remote shell: WinRM quickconfig
Activation and product key:
  • Add product key: slmgr.vbs /ipk <product></product>
  • Add product key remotely: cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs <computername> <username> <password> /ipk <product></product>
  • Activate: slmgr.vbs /atoDisplay license info: slmgr.vbs /dli
Control panel items:
  • Date Time: control timedate.cpl
  • Regional Settings: control intl.cpl

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