The Installing Server Core module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Installing Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Configuring Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Managing Windows Server Core with PowerShell

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Install Windows Server 2016 Standard or Server core
  • Manage system properties of Server Core
  • Manage Server Core using Windows PowerShell

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Installing Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2016 provides two options when setting up the operating system on a new computer. You can opt for the Standard installation which is similar to Server Core. Server Core is a scaled down version of Windows Server that requires less system resources as server administration is done through the command line and Windows PowerShell. While the other one is Desktop Experience that includes a graphical user interface for managing the server.

The option to convert Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience to Standard (Server Core) and vice-versa is not supported. Therefore, careful consideration and advanced planning must be done when installing Windows Server 2016 on a new server computer.

You will use Hyper-V virtualization platform for the installation of a new Windows Server 2016. The reason for this is to give you full access on the pre-boot and the actual installation of Windows. Please note that you use Remote Desktop Protocol to directly connect to the devices in the Practice Labs platform.

Exercise 2 - Configuring Windows Server 2016 Standard

There are number of tasks to complete after installing Windows Server 2016 Standard to make the new computer useful in whether as a standalone computer in a small network or as a domain member server in an Active Directory domain.

These tasks include renaming the computer, assigning a fixed IP address, subnet mask, default gateways (if applicable) and adding the computer as a member of a Windows Active Directory domain.

Exercise 3 - Managing Windows Server Core with PowerShell

After installing Windows Server 2016 Standard or Server Core, most administrative tasks on the server will have to be done via the command line or Windows PowerShell.

In this exercise, you will learn how to enable Windows Remote Management (Win-RM) service used by Windows PowerShell to implement a feature called PowerShell Remoting.

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