Monday, May 12, 2008

Using server Core as a domin controller

A couple quick notes:

1. Core obviously doesn't have a GUI, so your dcpromo wizard is gone. The easiest way to circumvent this is by using an unattended file. See:

2. Set all interfaces to static addresses (IPv6 included! P.S. Stay tuned for a bunch of IPv6 setup info) using the netsh command. and

Here's a big catch that really disappointed me: when creating an unattend.txt file for dcpromo purposes, you CANNOT use an already existing DC! What the hell?! It would stand to reason that the smartest approach Msft could take on this would be to allow you to create a file from a already installed and tweaked server, but as it stands that's not possible. The only chance you get to create an unattend.txt file is right at the end of the initial DCPromo. That being said, even if you aren't sure about your DCPromo setup on a non-core machine, utilize the "Export Settings" anyhow. At least then you'll have a baseline to start from and you won't have to do the whole thing from scratch like me. Yuck.

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