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RTM: Windows 2008 and Vista SP1

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Published Monday, February 4, 2008 12:55 PM by andyleonard

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Denis Gobo said:

I wonder how many people are going to use the Server Core Installation Option of Windows Server 2008 (look ma, no GUI!)

Step by step guide can be found here:

February 4, 2008 12:42 PM

Scott R. said:


On your question about Windows Server 2008 Server Core, did you mean for SQL Server instances or for other application workloads?

One limitation of Server Core I have heard of is that it does not yet support use of the .NET framework, which may limit its potential use as a web server (that use ASP.NET applications) or SQL Server (that use the .NET framework / CLR support).

I have not specifically heard if or how Microsoft will support SQL Server running on Server Core (or not), but would be interested to know.  The concepts of Server Core sound interesting, but I don't yet know all of the pro's and con's (especially the operations and manageability issues of a GUI-less server, the impact on OPS staff, and the impact on use of operations management software).

Scott R.

February 4, 2008 1:12 PM

Nick Beagley said:

I was actually just on my way to read up about this aspect of 2008 and to see if SQL Server and clustering were supported and how one would go about setting it all up. Thanks for the link.

I notice that SQL Server isn't one of the listed roles in your link, so will be interesting to see how this feature plays out.

Since you can still manage it through Terminal Server, it's not like it is completely GUI free. Unless TS just provides the cmd prompt too?

February 4, 2008 7:18 PM

David Markle said:

Well, Server Core is definitely interesting to me.  I can now make a really, really tiny Windows installation and put my Subversion server on there, or a PHP server and virtualize it.  Anything that cuts the resource usage in a virtualized environment and at the sametime decreases the security footprint is a Good Thing, indeed!  

Too bad it's been such a long. time. coming.  In "Showstopper!" I read that Dave Cutler wanted to make the NT GUI optional from the very start, and Mr. Gates would have none of it.  It's a common problem which IMO has hindered MS products for quite a while -- they've tried to cram the PC paradigm onto every platform they touch, even when it's completely inappropriate.  My phone is NOT a PC -- it should be minimal and tailored to the task at hand.  My server is NOT a PC.  The UIs for these applications are completely different.  I'm no fanboy, but at least Apple understands that something like an iPhone by necessity has to look and feel completely different from, say, a desktop computer.  

February 4, 2008 7:26 PM

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