How to Setup Windows Server Core – Minimal Installation on Azure/AWS/GCP

To setup and install Windows Server Core on any of the cloud platforms, the recommended way is to use the available image on the cloud marketplace. Check out the links below to deploy to your preferred cloud provider.

Getting Started

 

Once your server has been deployed, the following links explain how to connect to a Windows VM:

 

 

Once connected and logged in, the following section explains how to configure your Windows Server Core as per your requirements

Using Windows Server Core

 

Once logged in, as you will notice there is no Windows desktop GUI. To manage the server you will have to use Powershell or SCONFIG. You can also use any other remote managment tools like RSAT or Windows Admin Center.

 

Configure the server with the Server Configuration Tool (SCONFIG)

 

Type sconfig and press ENTER.  The Server Configuration tool interface opens:

 

mainsconfigpage

 

Simply type the number of the setting you would like to change. For example if you want to change the Active Directory domain, type and press ENTER

Support / Documentation

 

If you experience any issues on getting this Windows Core server setup on any of the cloud platforms, please contact us and we will assist

 

For documentation, please refer to the following link on how to manager Windows Core Server:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/server-core/server-core-manage

Firewall Ports

 

The links below explain how to modify / create firewall rules depending on which cloud platform you are using.

 

To setup AWS firewall rules refer to – AWS Security Groups

To setup Azure firewall rules refer to – Azure Network Security Groups

To setup Google GCP firewall rules refer to – Creating GCP Firewalls

Andrew Fitzgerald

Cloud Solution Architect. Helping customers transform their business to the cloud. 20 years experience working in complex infrastructure environments and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert on everything Cloud

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