The Install AD DS on 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:

  • Convert Windows Server 2012 to Server Core
  • Install Active Directory Domain Services on Server Core

Exercise 1 - Convert Windows Server 2012 to Server Core

A Server core is command-line based Windows where all server administration tasks are handled by the command line tools like Windows PowerShell and the command prompt. The Server core demands less system resources compared to Server with GUI and has less system vulnerability because fewer services are running. This makes the Server core an ideal choice for machines with a lower system hardware specifications.

In this exercise, you will convert a Windows Server 2012 installed in a graphical user interface setup into a command-based Windows Server 2012 R2 computer called Server core.

Exercise 2 - Install Active Directory Domain Services on Server Core

Windows Server 2012 R2 running as Server core is one of the security measures that an administrator can consider to minimize the exposure of Active Directory Domain Services from external threats. With the minimal interface provided by server core, most administrative functions like managing Active Directory objects are implemented using the command prompt or Windows PowerShell.

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