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Managing Server 2008R2 Core Installation

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I have a server 2008R2 core installation and I am wanting to manage disk volumes, hyper-v, group policy, device manager.

I assume there is no way to use MMC.exe in core installation, if it were possible to use MMC.exe I would love to know how.

The server is not currently on a domain, I have a windows 7 system that is in a workgroup (server obviously in workgroup as well). I don't necessarily "like" the idea of remote administration --> MMC from Windows 7 computer.

What are my options?
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Take a look at this as it is possible...
http://www.petri.co.il/remotely-manage-windows-server-2008-mmc.htm

Hope this helps~!
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Well I know that it is possible to do remotely, I would just like a way to manage Disk Volumes, Device Manager, Group Policy, Hyper-V locally on the core installation of Server 2008R2.

Also remotely managing server 2008R2 is not as simple as what that article makes it sound. Since I'm on a workgroup, permissions have to be granted, COM access, and user accounts need to be identical (pw and name) on both client and server.

Too many hoops to jump through only to only be able to manage it from 1 client device is why I'm looking again to managing it locally. Any ideas?
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by:Will Szymkowski
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Yeah, the artical I have provided relates to being in a domain environment. I will continue to look and if I come across something I will post back.
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Remotely is the only way you are going to be able to run MMC on 2008 Core.

Here is something nice though you might want to do.

http://www.petri.co.il/managing-windows-2008-server-core-rdp.htm

RSAT for Windows 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en
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Wasn't what I was hoping for.
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