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Servermanagercmd

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

ImportantImportant
This command is available only on servers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Servermanagercmd.exe has been deprecated, and is not available in Windows Server 2012. For information about how to install or remove roles, role services, and features in Windows Server 2012, see Install or uninstall roles, role services, and features on Microsoft TechNet.

Installs and removes roles, role services, and features. Also displays the list of all roles, role services, and features available, and shows which are installed on this computer. For additional information about the roles, role services, and features that you can specify by using this tool, see the Server Manager Help. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=137387).

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.

servermanagercmd -query [[[<Drive>:]<Path>]<query.xml>] [-logPath   [[<Drive>:]<Path>]<log.txt>]
servermanagercmd -inputpath  [[<Drive>:]<Path>]<answer.xml> [-resultPath <result.xml> [-restart] | -whatIf] [-logPath [[<Drive>:]<Path>]<log.txt>]
servermanagercmd -install <Id> [-allSubFeatures] [-resultPath   [[<Drive>:]<Path>]<result.xml> [-restart] | -whatIf] [-logPath   [[<Drive>:]<Path>]<log.txt>]
servermanagercmd -remove <Id> [-resultPath    <result.xml> [-restart] | -whatIf] [-logPath  [[<Drive>:]<Path>]<log.txt>]
servermanagercmd [-help | -?]
servermanagercmd -version

 

Parameter Description

-query [[[<Drive>:]<Path>]<query.xml>]

Displays a list of all roles, role services, and features installed and available for installation on the server. You can also use the short form of this parameter, -q. If you want the query results saved to an XML file, specify an XML file to replace query.xml.

-inputPath <[[<Drive>:]<Path>]answer.xml>

Installs or removes the roles, role services, and features specified in an XML answer file represented by answer.xml. You can also use the short form of this parameter, -p.

-install <Id>

Installs the role, role service, or feature specified by Id. The identifiers are case-insensitive. Multiple roles, role services, and features must be separated by spaces. The following optional parameters are used with the -install parameter.

  • -setting <SettingName>=<SettingValue>   Specifies required settings for the installation.

  • -allSubFeatures   Specifies the installation of all subordinate services and features along with the parent role, role service, or feature named in the Id value.

    noteNote
    Some role containers do not have a command line identifier to allow installation of all role services. This is the case when role services cannot be installed in the same instance of the Server Manager command. For example, the Federation Service role service of Active Directory Federation Services and the Federation Service Proxy role service cannot be installed by using the same Server Manager command instance.

  • -resultPath <result.xml>   Saves installation results to an XML file represented by result.xml. You can also use the short form of this parameter, -r.

    noteNote
    You cannot run servermanagercmd with both the -resultPath parameter and the -whatIf parameter specified.

  • -restart   Restarts the computer automatically when installation is complete (if restarting is required by the roles or features installed).

  • -whatIf   Displays any operations specified for the -install parameter. You can also use the short form of the -whatIf parameter, -w. You cannot run servermanagercmd with both the -resultPath parameter and the -whatIf parameter specified.

  • -logPath <[[<Drive>:]<Path>]log.txt>   Specifies a name and location for the log file, other than the default, %windir%\temp\servermanager.log.

-remove <Id>

Removes the role, role service, or feature specified by Id. The identifiers are case-insensitive. Multiple roles, role services, and features must be separated by spaces. The following optional parameters are used with the -remove parameter.

  • -resultPath <[[<Drive>:]<Path>]result.xml>   Saves removal results to an XML file represented by result.xml. You can also use the short form of this parameter, -r.

    noteNote
    You cannot run servermanagercmd with both the -resultPath parameter and the -whatIf parameter specified.

  • -restart   Restarts the computer automatically when removal is complete (if restarting is required by remaining roles or features).

  • -whatIf   Displays any operations specified for the -remove parameter. You can also use the short form of the -whatIf parameter, -w. You cannot run servermanagercmd with both the -resultPath parameter and the -whatIf parameter specified.

  • -logPath <[[<Drive>:]<Path>]log.txt>   Specifies a name and location for the log file, other than the default, %windir%\temp\servermanager.log.

-help

Displays Help in the Command Prompt window. You can also use the short form, -?.

-version

Displays the Server Manager version number. You can also use the short form, -v.

Servermanagercmd is deprecated, and is not guaranteed to be supported in future releases of Windows. We recommend that if you are running Server Manager on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2, you use the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are available for Server Manager. For more information, see Server Manager cmdlets.

Servermanagercmd can be run from any directory on the server's local drives. You must be a member of the Administrators group on the server on which you want to install or remove software.

ImportantImportant
Because of security restrictions imposed by User Account Control in Windows Server 2008 R2, you must run Servermanagercmd in a Command Prompt window opened with elevated permissions. To do this, right-click the Command Prompt executable, or the Command Prompt object on the Start menu, and then click Run as administrator.

The following example shows how to use servermanagercmd to display a list of all roles, role services, and features available, and which roles, role services, and features are installed on the computer.

servermanagercmd -query

The following example shows how to use servermanagercmd to install the Web Server (IIS) role, and save the installation results to an XML file represented by installResult.xml.

servermanagercmd -install Web-Server -resultPath installResult.xml

The following example shows how to use the –whatIf parameter with servermanagercmd to display detailed information about the roles, role services, and features that would be installed or removed, based upon instructions that are specified in an XML answer file represented by install.xml.

servermanagercmd -inputPath install.xml -whatIf

  • For a complete list of the role, role service, or feature identifiers you can specify for the Id parameter, or more information about using an XML answer file with Servermanagercmd, see the Server Manager Help. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=137387).

  • See Server Manager cmdlets for a listing of Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are available for Server Manager.

  • Command-Line Syntax Key

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