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Setting up Windows Server 2012 Core in a Workgroup

Installing Windows Server 2012 Core in a Workgroup Network

Installing server 2012 core is pretty straight forward. You can download the bits here, I put this on a DVD and then just booted my new server with this. A word on my server, I don’t normally recommend hardware, but I wanted a quiet machine and the folks at Puget Systems built me a pretty sweet rig. It really is silent, even with 4 3TB drives whirring around in there. Anyway, back to the install.

Once you’ve gone through the install steps you will be presented with 2 windows, one with a command prompt and one with a simple set of menus.

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Finally – I’ve taken the leap

I’m starting a blog – finally!

You know that list of things you have been meaning to do, well starting a blog has been on my list for a long time and I’ve finally taken the time to actually do something about it. What am I going to write about? Well the things I’m passionate about – technology, flying, travel, and maybe whatever else comes to mind. I’m going to kick things off with a series of blogs around my recent project of setting up a new server at home that replaces my old Windows Home Server box. But before we get to that let me give you a little bit on me.

I work in the tech industry for an IT Management software company, SolarWinds, and occasionally write on our blogs there about things going on in the enterprise technology space. In my free time I play with technology that interests me, streaming video, mobile devices, my home server and anything else I can get my hands on. I am also an instrument rated private pilot and try to fly as much as I can. Flying has been a passion for me since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until recently that I got to fulfill that passion of flying. So if I get the chance I go flying.  These days I’m flying a Cirrus SR20.

As I said earlier, my new project that I’m going to write about in a series of blog posts is around setting up a server with Windows Server 2012 Core running on a workgroup network, managed using Server Manager on a Windows 8 machine. On this machine I’m going to be running Windows Server 2012 Essentials as well as several VMs running various desktop OSes. While I’d like to tell you that this was a straightforward project, it turns out that Windows Server 2012 on a workgroup while a workable scenario isn’t a neatly packaged experience. But for those of you who want to do this hopefully my posts will save you a few hours of tinkering around with configs. So, let’s get started with step 1 – installing Windows Server 2012 Core on a workgroup network.