I want to know if i can install windows server 2008 "full installation" and put the Server Core default startup and make the server manager is just Secondary option. is that possible? , and how can do it? thanks for every one

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    I don't think you can. Windows Server 2008 server core is essentially a different product from the normal install.
    – Rob Moir
    Mar 4, 2012 at 21:35
  • I also doubt it can be done, the whole point in server core is minimising the attack surface and hardware requirements by cutting out server manager and lots of other gui stuff.
    – Robin Gill
    Mar 4, 2012 at 22:15
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    Your question makes no sense. What does "Server Manager" have to do with it?
    – Wesley
    Mar 5, 2012 at 0:14

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In Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, you can not switch between Core and full server editions. The purpose of core is to limit the files installed and services running. A reinstall is required to change them.

You can however, install Server Core edition and use Server Manager from another server to do most management tasks.

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