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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.

<Note in a future post I’ll talk about configuring storage, but for the install I put the OS on a separate SSD and the storage I’ll manage in the future will be just for file storage>

There are a few things you need to do now.

1. Make sure you configure your network.

2. Setup a separate user account to use on the server.

3. Enable remote management on the server.

There’s a lot more you can do, but let’s start with these 3 things.

1. Configure Network Settings

Start by selecting option 8 below and then choose the network adapter you want to configure. From there you will very quickly see all the normal network configuration options. You can setup a static IP address for your server, configure DNS settings and subnet mask. I’m going to assume you know how to do this rather than go through all of these steps.

Once I had done this I also made sure that the computer name was what I wanted, if you change the computer name (Option 2) you will have to reboot.

2. Setting up your administrative user account

First make sure you add the user account to the server. Switching over to the command prompt window type: net user MACHINE_NAME\User Name /add *

Now that you’ve added the user you need to give the user admin privileges. Going back to the menu driven window you can pick option 3. You will then be prompted to enter the user name to give admin privileges to, so just type the user name from above and you’ll be all set.

3. Enable Remote Management

To enable remote management, start by selecting option 4 for remote management, and then option 1 to enable remote management. That gets the basics going, but since you’re in a workgroup there’s a few more steps that I’m going to cover in my next post.

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