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Stripping down windows server 2016 (GUI version) to remove stuff/speed up server

I use windows server 2016 with the following
1. rabbitMqQ
2. c# console app which takes data from TCP connection, saves to rabbitMQ
3. another C# app which post data to another server over port 80

I need to remove anything that isn't needed from the server
Its mostly a basic install, but i also see File and Storage Services, and wanted to know if I can remove this
I also see things like Spooler SubSytem App running, so wanted to know is there a list of stuff i can remove from this server?

its publicly facing, but RDP is locked to certain IP's
Windows OSWindows 10AzureWindows Server 2016

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websss

8/22/2022 - Mon
kevinhsieh

Rebuild it as Windows Core. That will strip it down.
arnold

Has  virtualization been given a thought?
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websss

Thanks guys

If windows core is my option, it'd rather just use linux as its free

Its a virtual server on cloud
Not sure what you mean Arnold?

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arnold

Add a second server and as was suggested install the core version, this way the GUI portion of Windows will not consume resources.
But this as noted earlier mean that you have the software that does not rely on a GUI for functionality nor for administration, management locally.

When the option exists and you are comfortable, Linux/UNIX  OS is significantly less resource intensive versus a Windows platform .
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websss

thanks all

I guess Linux is the way to go
I've got limited experience here, is there a super light weight gui for linux so i can see running c# console apps and their output?
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Thanks Guys
I'll learn ubuntu
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