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Get a practical introduction to setting up Windows Server 2012. Timothy Pintello breaks down this basic IT task into its core components: installation, roles and services configuration, and local storage setup. He shows you how to practice these steps with VirtualBox and gain real experience without the cost or risks associated with expensive hardware.
Learn how to choose an edition that's right for your setup, install Windows Server 2012 and the VirtualBox drivers, and then configure the services and roles on your new server. Timothy also shows how to set up local storage and manage Windows Server in one of two ways: through the command line or with the simple admin interface that ships with Windows Server.
We have already looked at GUI and command line options in Server 2012, but if you do not like either one of those and you want a middle ground, then the Minimal Server Interface is a possibility for you. The Minimal Server Interface is a compromise between Server Core and GUI. It can be configured using PowerShell cmdlet, or it can be configured using the Add/Remove Roles Wizard. However, it's easier to do from PowerShell using a cmdlet.
Some of the advantages of the minimal graphical interface are that it removes some hardware intensive elements of the GUI, keeps some of the key components of the GUI, and it allows you to keep server manager and the entire PowerShell interface. It also allows you to keep most of your MMC applications and device manager. It also provides most of the tools you'll need for remote management. However, there are also some disadvantages to it. One of the disadvantages is that it removes Internet Explorer from your interface.
By removing Internet Explorer from the interface, it also can affect how some MMCs function as well as how some of the MMCs are displayed. Finally, it removes some of the Windows Shell components also. Specifically, it removes the Desktop and File Explorer, your Windows 8 Desktop applets, and some of the Control Panel shell extensions.
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