Configuring Windows Server 2012 Core: PowerShell

As mentioned in my previous post about configuring Windows Server 2012 Core, you have multiple options. One is sconfig, but the preferred method is using PowerShell. PowerShell is a really powerful scripting language and Microsoft is pushing the use in all of their products.

In this post, I will describe how to configure your Windows Server 2012 Core installation using PowerShell. I will describe how to change your computername, set the IP address and join your server to the domain.

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Configuring Windows Server 2012 Core: SConfig

With the release of Windows 2008, Microsoft introduced the Core installation. This is a stripped down version of the Windows Operating System, without any GUI (less space, smaller attack surface). Microsoft continues this option with Server 2012 and recommends to install the core version. When you install Windows Server 2012, the core installation is even selected by default. Configuring Windows Server 2012 Core is a bit harder without the GUI, so I’m writing two articles about configuring Windows Server 2012 Core.

For the configuration, you have two options: using SConfig or using PowerShell. Microsoft is pushing the use of PowerShell harder and harder, so PowerShell would be the preferred way to configure Windows Server 2012. I will get to PowerShell in the next article, in this article I will focus on using SConfig.

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Default OU for your SCVMM 2012 Guest OS Profile

In System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, you have the option to modify your Guest OS settings when deploying a new virtual machine. The settings you can modify are things like the product key, local administrator password, etc.

One other thing you can define, is that fact that the new virtual machine has to be joined to the domain. Very useful. But what if you also want to define the default Organizational Unit this machine has to be put in? Well, that can also be done using the Guest OS Profile.

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