Monday, August 20, 2012

Windows Server 2012 with 4 GUI option



Introduction
Since last year, I have show 2 steps of removing gui via powershell and server manager at http://www.wongchonkit.com/2011/10/removing-adding-gui-from-windows-server.html. In the latest revision, Microsoft has made it super easy to switch between the layer. You can read more from the following link http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2012/07/18/windows-server-2012-installation-options.aspx

Switching method
Now we can convert Full installations of Windows Server 2012 and MinShell installations of Windows Server 2012 to Server Core with just one line of PowerShell:
Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -Restart

To convert a Full installation of Windows Server 2012 to MinShell, run the following PowerShell command:
Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell –Restart

To convert from Server Core to MinShell, all you need to do is install the Graphical Management Tools and Infrastructure:

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -Restart
  
To go from a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2012 or a MinShell installation of Windows Server 2012 to a Full Installation, simply add the Server Graphical Shell with the following command:
Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell –Restart


Summary
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