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I have setup a VM with Windows Server 2008 x64 R2 (Server Core). This obviously leaves out the GUI but only gives me a command prompt.

Using this, how can I setup AD? - This link provides details on an update for Vista to do configuration of the server from Vista (my host OS) but I am not on any of the supported versions.

Furthermore, if I type the following in the command prompt:


Which is supposed to list the services, the CMD says this is not recognized as an internal or external command.


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cclist is found in c:\windows\system32\ if I remember correctly. I am not sure why core boxes do not honor path statements all the time but I have had the same issue from time to time. – Thomas Denton Nov 29 '09 at 23:33

For what it is worth here is my notes I use when I setup a Core Server.

Core Setup Notes

core setup cheat sheat

Install the key and activate
cscript slmgr.vbs -upk  (uninstall the key)
cscript slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (install the key)
cscript slmgr.vbs -ato (activate)

To enable remote administration from Windows Vista/Windows 2008 Write the command in the Windows shell:

Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /ar 0

and press the "Enter" button.

How to install Core as the first DC in a forest

Build an unattend file



No warranty on any code listed here.

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If you are on Vista Home then you are probably going to run into other problems because Home can't join a domain, but RDP can be used from a Home computer. This isn't a GUI but will allow remote connection to the cmd line.

I believe the cmd you are referring to is oclist, not cclist.

MS documentation for Server 2008 Core has instructions on configuring AD, DNS, DHCP, etc via the command line. This can be done via local or RDP session.

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Here's a neat tool to help you get started: Server Core Configurator

Also, I have the original Core Configurator but as it was pulled from the web I don't think redistributing it would be advisable - but it rocks for setting up the basics including firewall rules and of course dcpromo without the need to prepare an unattend file manually.

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