When I install Windows Admin Center onto server core, the setup also asks me whether I want to use Microsoft Update. This method has the added benefit of installing a powerful web-based management tool.
There may well be a more direct way, but this is handy if you want to install WAC anyway.
- Login to the target server and run the following in an admin command prompt to generate a certificate and thumbprint:
- The default expiration will be one year, you might modify that to 10 years by adding
New-SelfSignedCertificate -CertStoreLocation “cert:\LocalMachine\My” -NotAfter (Get-Date).AddYears(10) -DnsName $env:COMPUTERNAME
- Note the thumbprint generated for later.
- Copy the install file onto the target machine
Invoke-RestMethod -ContentType "application/octet-stream" -Uri http://aka.ms/WACDownload -OutFile C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\WAC.msi
- (Old way, if above doesn't work)
Invoke-WebRequest -Uri http://aka.ms/WACDownload -UseBasicParsing -OutFile C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\WAC.msi
- Install the MSI on Server Core
- For Full Interface:
- You should be able to just run
.\WAC.msi in the command line
- If that doesn't work, try
msiexec.exe /i C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\WAC.msi /qf /promptrestart /L*v log.txt SME_PORT=443 SSL_CERTIFICATE_OPTION=installed SME_THUMBPRINT=<THUMBPRINT>
I don't think you will see the prompt to enable Microsoft Update if it is already enabled. In that case, you can confirm it is enabled through WAC: