Windows Server 2012 (R2) – Turn GUI off or on

Windows Server 2012 (R2) can be migrated with a single reboot to a Server Core and back. This quite handy feature is mostly used on domain controllers or Hyper-V controllers, this way you can install and configure your server roles with an GUI interface and afterwards go back to the Core edition to require lower recourses and have a small attack surface. These commands only work if you have installed the server with the GUI, you can’t install the GUI if you have installed the core edition.

If you want more information about the Windows Server Core features: please visit this link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd184075.aspx 

You can turn off the GUI with the following PowerShell command:

Or turn the GUI back on if you want to modify something on your server with the following PowerShell command:

Don’t forget to reboot after running these commands succesfully.

This can be done with the following command:

 

Antivirus Exclusions Microsoft Products

Running a good, constantly updated Anti-Virus program on your computers – server and workstations – is a must when looking into the potential risks in today’s IT world. However, when installing Anti-Virus software on a computer, you also risk having issues with some of the services and applications that run on these computers, most specially with the server machines. Anti-Virus software scans and sometimes locks files on the computers, and when you scan these files, performance and operating system reliability problems may occur because of file locking.

This is why it is extremely important to properly configure the Anti-Virus software to exclude specific files, file type and/or folders on the computers (most importantly – server machines) with an antivirus exclusions for Microsoft Products.

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Understanding IPv6

With approximately a few more months left until there are no more IPv4 addresses left many of you are starting too look into IPv6.  Now just because there are few IPv4 addresses left doesn’t mean the Internet is going to come to a screeching halt but it is definitely time to learn about IPv6 and get your self ready for the transition.  So what’s the difference?

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Windows Server Update Services – Installing WSUS

A major issue with security on Windows Server installations is the difficulty in keeping all servers up to date with the latest security patches and fixes. The Windows Update service which allowed for automatically download and installation of security fixes is really only suitable for smaller enterprises, large enterprises with numerous Windows Server installations do not wish to run the bandwidth and overhead of having each server run its own individual update. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a free download from Microsoft which effectively gives enterprise their own, independent of the Windows Update server. Clients then connect to the central intranet Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server for all security patches and OS updates.

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Allow & Enable Remote Management of Server 2008 R2 Server Core

Server Core is usually intended to be remotely managed. This makes your life easier, as you can manage remote servers and core installations on your Windows 7 workstation, in the comfort of your own office. To do that, you must first make sure that you initially configure the machine with a proper IP address, add it to a domain (if needed) and open the correct Firewall rules and ports. After doing that, you can relax and start using local GUI-based management tools to remotely manage the server, just like you would for any server.

So, how do you enable these rules? Read on.

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