Tech Terms: Server Core

Server Core is a minimal installation option introduced in Windows Server 2008 as a way to run Windows Server with a limited set of features and with support for only certain server roles. The Server Core installation option is available in the Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2008.With Server Core, Microsoft stripped away all features (including the graphical user interface, or GUI) other than those essential to running core network services, such as Active Directory Domain Servers (AD DS), DNS, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and File and Print services.

The Windows Server Core installation stands in contrast to the full installation option for Windows Server, which supports installing all available server roles as well as other Microsoft and third-party server applications like Microsoft Exchange Server or SAP.

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