Remotely Managing Your 2008 Server Core via MMC or Server Manager

One of the things you’re going to want to do fairly quickly is to complete any additional configuration from the comfort of your own chair with (if you’re anything like myself) a nice cup of coffee.

Two ways to achieve this using a nice GUI are by either MMC or Server Manager.

In these examples I’ll be using Windows 7 as my administrative computer and I have already downloaded and installed the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) that I will need.

Configure the Server for Remote Management:

1.  If you cannot yet RDP into your core server, take a swig of coffee and trek into your server room.  You won’t be long as we will do this the quick way using sconfig.  Type the following on your console:

%windir%\system32\sconfig.cmd

2. Select option 4: Configure Remote Management

3.  To enable Server Manager, you’ll need to enable Windows PowerShell so select Option 2 followed by Option3.  To enable MMC management, select Option 1.

Note that you will be required to restart the server should you choose to enable powerShell.

And you’re done!  You can now perform any administrative tasks supported by the remote MMC snap-in or Server Manager.  Although command line tools do exist for configuring the various roles, it’s much easier to manage them via a GUI.

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