Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Install and Configure Server Core Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Install Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Exercise 2 - Configure Windows Server 2016 Standard
  • Exercise 3 - Manage Windows Server Core

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Install Windows Server Standard or Server Core
  • Rename a Windows Server core computer
  • Configure IP configuration settings Server core
  • Add Server core computer to the Active Directory domain
  • Enable Windows Remote Management (WinRM) for remote administration
  • Install DNS Server and configure a secondary zone on Server Core

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand server installation options - Server core installation, clean and interactive installs

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Install Windows Server Core

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 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 that has traditionally been used for years in 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 the 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 connect to the devices in the Practice Labs platform directly.

Exercise 2 - Configure Windows Server 2016 Standard

Whether Windows Server 2016 Standard was installed as Server Core or Desktop Experience, there are a number of mandatory tasks that need to be completed after installing the operating system. Making the required system modification such as renaming the computer, assigning a fixed IP address, subnet mask, default gateways (if applicable) and subsequently adding the computer as a member of a Windows Active Directory domain.

In a corporate network setup, the server will likely assume different roles like a file and print server, Domain Name System server for name resolution or possibly run a client-server application such as a relational database management system and the list goes on.

Exercise 3 - Manage Windows Server Core

When a Server Core computer system settings have been successfully configured and added to the Active Directory Domain, all administrative tasks on the server will have to be interactively through the command line or in Windows PowerShell. Similarly, you can use the Server Manager console to manage Server Core in a user-friendly graphical user interface. This can be accomplished by adding the Server Core computer to the list of managed servers, and you will be able to use menu commands to administer a Server Core computer.

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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