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Introducing The Server Core blog

May 30th, 2006 by Patrick S

I have decided to make it my duty to introduce the brand spanking new Windows Server Core blog-Targeted to all users who are interested in the awesome technologies of this new Operating System.

Server core is a shell type OS that can run on a range of Computers (even the most underpowered).
Let me clarify what features this new OS has to offer.

Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following:

  • DHCP server
  • File Server
  • DNS server
  • Active Directory

Server Core also includes the following optional features:

  • Failover Cluster
  • Network Load Balancing
  • Multipath IO
  • Removable Storage 
  • Bitlocker Drive Encryption
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based applications
  • Backup

Server Core is all about letting an administrator run the above roles with less installed, running, and needing to be managed on a server. For example, there is no GUI shell on Server Core, the local interface for managing the server is the command prompt. You can use MMC snap-ins to remotely manage a Server Core installation. All of this provides the following benefits:

  • Reduced maintance
  • Reduced attack surface area
  • Reduced management
  • Less disk space required to install

If you are in the Vista beta i do encourage you to try out Server Core and feel the power of a true shell OS.

Back to the post… Check out the server core website today. .
Patrick S (Patrick E would be proud 😉 )

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4 Responses

  1. Patrick Elliott [MS] Says:

    Thanks Pat! Yes, I am proud, and I will be sure to show this to the core server guys.

  2. Windows - the Linux clone? — TechProsaic Archive Says:

    […] Check this out though! Introducing The Server Core blog » MSBLOG Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following: […]

  3. richard Says:

    then,can you tell us what’s the difference among the server\netware\Linux kernel?

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