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Windows Server Core Command Cheat Sheet

Published: 06/14/2010

I love the idea of Server Core. It's one of the best things from Microsoft in recent memory, in my opinion. While I still don't like the fact that it runs a pseudo-GUI, it's a long-overdue installation option that I think most people overlook. Too many Windows admins want that point-and-click factor.

I'll admit, however, that I haven't spent a lot of time on it either. I don't get to work on Active Directory infrastructure as much as I'd like to these days, and my Server Core install base is limited to just a few machines. And whenever I do get to manage a machine directly at the CLI (rather than through remote GUI management tools), I find myself lost because I can never remember all the various commands.

Therefore, here's my cheat sheet. All values in red should be customized for your environment. I got these mostly from Microsoft TechNet, but for my own reference I just like having them in one place with the red highlights for convenience.

General commands

   Show general command list

Windows Server 2008

   Show Roles command list

   Show Features command list

Windows Server 2008 R2

   Show Roles command list

   Show Features command list

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