I would like to setup a machine with Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core and install following server roles:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (I'm not sure whether I actually need this one - see note below)

I'm obviously going to install Enterprise Edition.


Can I have an AD administration graphical user interface to manage Active Directory on Server Core machine? I would really like to have it, because I'm not so keen to do stuff using power-shell, because I've never managed AD as well, so a GUI would be much more helpful, because I could at least visualize it a bit better and maybe understand AD structures.

Note: I'm setting up development environment machine as well and installing Sharepoint Foundation 2010 on in so it would use this AD machine.


best bet is to run the the Remote Server Administration tools (RSAT) on a desktop/server in the domain which will allow you to connect to the server core machine remotely & use the GUI tools.

In addition, you might also want to run & install Core Configurator on the core box, which will let you do some basic AD & server admin without having to look up all the commands :)

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