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how do I RDP into a Server 2012 R2 Core Edition install

Good morning Experts,

BlackThanos here again,

I have just installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Core edition on my  64bit  Windows 8 Machine with VMware. I know that core does not offer the GUI, as I am not looking for it on the server. From my understanding , I should be able to now RDP into the server and see a GUI and from the RDP session continue my journey into windows server 2012 R2 , Active Directory , and Hyper-V. It's been a few years since I have played with all of this so, if I seem like a newbie , then bear with me.

Here are my concerns:

1. Should I have installed 2012 R2 with GUI instead of core edition
          Can I RDP into it
2. Will I be able to install Active Directory VIa and RDP session with the core edition
3. Is Hyper_V a separate ISO install , or is it simply a role within 2012

Anything beyond the concerns above will require another question to be asked separate from this one.
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McKnifeCommented:
The minimal GUI allows the selection of RDP activation.
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Haresh NikumbhCommented:
Please find your answers here

1) If you are newbie and never worked on the core edition severs then GUI is the best OS. or if you just want to play and learn then you can start with core edition

2) you can take RDP but it wont do any magic, it will again open same command prompt window and which you see after login to local machine. in short just command prompt on the desktop

yes you can install Active directory services / role from the command prompt

how to manage and install you can refer below blog, which has given all steps

Installing Active directory on the Core Server

3) Hyperv is just role with the OS , no need to have separate iso or CD
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Pretend I am a three year old McKnife and explain to me what you just wrote:

respectfully , I just iterated that I install the core edition ( minimal GUI) . I just want to know how to RDP into the server.
The reason I am confused it that my physical machine are on an address of  10.0.0.x and the 2012 R2 server is :

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The settings for the VMware installed 2012 R2 server are:


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supportJunkieCommented:
Yes you can RDP to the machine just as you would any other server. Instead of the GUI you'll land in the sconfig utility. The nice thing about 2012 R2 though is that you can toggle the GUI via server roles. Just remember this requires a reboot. This feature works out pretty nice when setting a new server up. Once its configured just disable the GUI.
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Haresh NikumbhCommented:
change from NAT to Bridge network

If DHCP available then it will take IP from the same range 10.X.X.X range
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Thank you Haresh,

I will install a GUI version of 2012., but I thought that I could manage my Active Directory without logging into either a GUI or Core edition server install. I have done the latter for many years with the admin kit that allows me to install ADUC  on my primary workstation. I just thought I could do the same thing with the minimal install.

Mcnife my friend ,
keep chiming in. I always value your input. Should I simply install a GUI version and be done with it. I will still want to manage AD without going to the server.
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Haresh NikumbhCommented:
Thats correct, you can manage with admin kit but before that you will have to install Active directory on the server right ?
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Haresh,

I intend to have my computers get their ip addresses from Windows  DHCP instead of my  COMCAST router.  I am just trying to build a scaled down Active Directory Environment and then start playing with Hyper-V

Haresh and Mcnife,

are my settings for the wmware nic settings normal:


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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Haresh wrote:

change from NAT to Bridge network
 If DHCP available then it will take IP from the same range 10.X.X.X range

THanks Haresh
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Good morning supportJunkie,


You wrote:

Yes you can RDP to the machine just as you would any other server. Instead of the GUI you'll land in the sconfig utility. The nice thing about 2012 R2 though is that you can toggle the GUI via server roles. Just remember this requires a reboot. This feature works out pretty nice when setting a new server up. Once its configured just disable the GUI.


Are you saying that I can use sconfig  to bring up a GUI on my workstation via RDP even though the server is only using core edition (minimal install, no GUI)?
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Are many organizations using the core edition?  In my past tech career , I was able to sit at my desk and build me and mmc console with everything in it:

1. ADUC
2. ADSI EDIT
3. GROUP POLICY


All that was required was a download of the admin pak from Microsoft. Done. I want to be able to do this again, either with or without a core edition install.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
It is not problem for me to re-install , as this is a test environment. Do you guys recommend the GUI install  instead of the minimal core install? I am just curious what the industry standard is right now.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Haresh wrote:

Thats correct, you can manage with admin kit but before that you will have to install Active directory on the server right ?

Yes, I know
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
McKnife  wrote:

The minimal GUI allows the selection of RDP activation
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Steps or link would be nice McKnife.
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Haresh NikumbhCommented:
There i no much difference left in the core and gui

only Server Manager, MMC, Control Panel (partial). Internet Exlporer is still missing

and you can shift from core to gui anytime using powershell

if you are good in powershell and want to learn more then you can start with Core edition

how to enable RDP on Windows 2012 Core server using powershell

http://blogs.technet.com/b/bruce_adamczak/archive/2013/02/12/windows-2012-core-survival-guide-remote-desktop.aspx
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Haresh NikumbhCommented:
for more command to manage windows 2012 server i will refer below blog

12 Steps to Remotely Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 Core
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Power Shell is what I am learning now , so until I am good at it , I will stick with installing 2012 R2 as a GUI.
Its just what I am used to. Thank you so much Haresh.

Thank you for you inputs also Mcknife and supportjunkie
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Awesome Haresh. Thanks
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
supportJunkie  any response to your input above.???
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McKnifeCommented:
> keep chiming in
Sure. Give me some time, this is no chat, I was on my way home some time after a hard day :)
In your command window, enter sconfig, that should bring up your core server config window. There you see the option I was talking about under number 7.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Cool.  Also no rush on responses. I certainly don't expect chat responses. Case in point , I had to go the Emergency Room yesterday and couldn't respond back to EE for hours and hours, so I do understand.

Thank you for that response though, it was relevant. I have several videos that I am starting to watch today and through the week , that should eliminate  some of my rookie questions.
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McKnifeCommented:
And good luck on your health - only thing that's really important!
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Amen Brother. I am well. Just have to keep my diabetes under better control, even though I thought I was being careful checking my glucose and eating right, I still had to go to the ER. Just need more circulation going to my feet.

Thank you kindly for asking about my help McKnife.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Thank you gentlemen!
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