windows 2008 full & server core query

hi ive installed the full windows 2008 standard version in the passed and setup a small simple domain successfully.

note: my aim is to add a clean win 2008 server to the domain and migrate win 2003 master dc/dns/dhcp across to the new potential win 2008 master dc

before I continue with the above I have some queries below if anyone is able to advise

ive since been doing some reading and now realise that the (server core) version is (not of a gui) nature as it uses the command line to install specific features for security reasons and using less ram for example - ok no problem!

question 1.  what I would like to know is if I install a central master server win 2008 full/gui  and add then install separate physical member servers, I assume they should be installed as a (server core) ?

question 2.  if I carryout out the above (question 1) and install the member servers as a server core and only specifically install what is required, ie a physical file/print server or a wsus server or a wds server for example, how would I go about managing daily those physical member servers if they are installed as a member server and function via a command line ?
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Wouter MakkinjeIT ManagerCommented:
From what i'm reading i would've skipped 2008 all together and gone with server 2012 where you're able to setup the servers and when you're done strip the gui from it.

I've made a short guide on how to do this here: Click here

Otherwise you can use Server manager either on your client pc (Windows remote server administrator toolkit) or on a GUI server to manage your core servers by connecting to them from the server manager.

Hope this helps... :)

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mikey250Author Commented:
hi vilken, I wish to complete the setup of win 2008 1st for yes I then wish to look into win 2012.

I did not know that win 2012 allows you to install gui for also the server core and then strip away so that is definitely useful to know!!!:)

i will look at the shore guide so - thanks..!!

regarding server manager (win remote server admin toolkit) - so presumably i should install and configure as 1st described earlier and if managing via a desktop/client pc use server manager, but if managing from the master dc win 2008 full/gui i should use  win remote server admin toolkit ?

much appreciated for that advice!
Wouter MakkinjeIT ManagerCommented:
if you're managing from the dc you simply use the server manager in the dc and do the following:


In the server manager on the left hand side it'll say Server Manager (Name of your DC) Right click this.


Choose Connect to another Computer.


Type the name of one of the other servers you wish to manage and hit enter.If the above doesn't work check the windows firewall of the server you're trying to connect to, you may need to enable the firewall policy for remote administration (RPC)
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mikey250Author Commented:
morning vilken, thanks for that advice.  appreciated.
Wouter MakkinjeIT ManagerCommented:
No problem let me know if it worked out for ya and don't forget to close/award points for the question.
mikey250Author Commented:
hi vilken, apologies for not allocating these points.  ive had something else come up which i need to resolve so i can then get back to windows 2008.

i will allocate points as normal and appreciated for those useful comments which i needed to know!!
mikey250Author Commented:
sound advice.  appreciated!!!!
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