Join Mike Pfeiffer for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the lab setup, part of Learning Server Core for Windows Server 2012 R2.
- Before we get started, I'd like to explain the environment I'll be using to demonstrate the features and capabilities of Server Core. This'll give you an idea of how to set up a lab environment similar to mine if you're planning on following along. First, I'll be using a Microsoft Hyper-V server to host a number of virtual machines. You can certainly use any virtualization platform that you'd like, but I've selected Hyper-V since it can easily be added as a role to an existing Windows server. You may want to use a VMware, VirtualBox, or any other virtualization platform that supports Windows, and that's just fine.
The important thing to keep in mind is that all the Core servers I use are going to be on the same network. Additionally, in my environment, my Core servers will share the same network as the Hyper-V server hosting my virtual machines. This makes it easy for my Core servers to utilize the existing internet connection in my office and it keeps me from having to do a lot of customization. As we go to the course, I'll show you how to configure some of the network settings on your Core servers. In my environment, my servers will be configured in the 10.3.25.0/24 network.
You don't have to follow this and you can feel free to use your existing network configuration for your lab. For example, if your home network uses a 192.168.0.0/24 network, then it's fine to use that for your lab. I'm also gonna take you through several scenarios where our Core servers will participate in an Active Directory domain. Now, if you'd like to follow along with this, I recommend that you first build an Active Directory domain controller in your lab environment. It's fine to use Windows Server 2012 R2 for the domain controller, and while Server Core can actually run as a domain controller, you can simply use a server with a GUI to stand up this new machine.
As we move to the course, you'll see me use the ACTIVEDIRECTORY.LOCAL domain, which is the Active Directory DNS name I chose to build my lab. You can certainly use a different name and disregard the one I'm using. Now, if you've never built a domain controller before, I'd like to recommend an article called "Building Your First Domain Controller on 2012 R2." That's out on Microsoft TechNet. Now that we understand the lab environment, let's get started learning about the benefits of Server Core and how to get it installed and running.
- Understanding the benefits of Server Cover
- Installing Server Core
- Adjusting server settings
- Configuring the Windows firewall
- Managing server roles and features
- Working with files, folders, users, and groups
- Managing services remotely with PowerShell or graphical tools
- Installing updates