Installing management tools on Server Core

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 June 2014 / Last Updated on 12 June 2014]

A tip on installing management tools on Server Core machines used as Hyper-V hosts

If you are using Server Manager to install the Hyper-V role on a remote server, you might want to select the Hyper-V Module For Windows PowerShell on the Features page of the Add Roles And Features Wizard to install this module locally on the server. That way, if at some future time you are unable to manage the Hyper-V role on the remote server using either the Hyper-V Manager snap-in or Windows PowerShell, you might still be able to establish a Remote Desktop session with the remote server so that you can run Windows PowerShell commands locally on the server.

Alternatively, you might decide to install the Hyper-V role on a Windows Server 2012 instance that has been configured with the Minimal Server Interface installation option, which will allow you to install both the Hyper-V Management snap-in and Hyper-V Module For Windows PowerShell while retaining some of the security and servicing advantages of the Server Core installation option. When the Hyper-V role is installed on a server that has the Minimal Server Interface installation, you can launch the Hyper-V Management snap-in locally on the server by typing virtmgmt.msc at the command prompt. Note that Minimal Server Interface is not available on the standalone Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V product, which has only the Server Core installation option.

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com. This tip was excerpted from his latest book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.

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