Windows Server 2008 R2 Core initial setup (part 1)

Happened to set up a Server 2008 R2 Core machine today, so here’s a quick overview of the steps I followed.

Install drivers

If you need to install any drivers, browse to the folder containing the inf file and do pnputil –i -a pathtoinffile.

Configure the network

View the network interfaces and IP addresses:

Rename the interfaces:

An alternate way of viewing IP addresses and interfaces, using the netsh command as above:

View & set the DNS servers:

Disable an interface:

Disable IPv6 (thanks to):

Set computer name

Find the computer name (using either of these methods):

Rename (and reboot):

Activate Windows

Enter license key:


I will talk about adding features later.