Join Timothy Pintello for an in-depth discussion in this video The Minimal Server Interface, part of Windows Server 2012: Installation and Configuration.
…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…
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.
- Installing Windows Server 2012
- Installing VirtualBox drivers
- Configuring server roles
- Configuring services
- Configuring disk and file systems
- Using alternative administration methods
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why can't I get my servers to talk to each other when I attempt to add a standalone computer virtual machine (VM) to my domain VM in VirtualBox?
A: Check the following settings if you are having this problem.
- Are your VMs' network adapters set to host-only?
- Do all your VMs have the correct IP address?
- Do all your VMs have the default gateway set to the same IP address of the host-only adapter in your domain controller VM?
- Is your DHCP server set up to manage the same IP address range of the IP address you are attempting to manually enter into your standalone server's VM?