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Installing Windows Features on a server running a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008: Overview

Updated: September 15, 2009

After the Server Core installation is complete and the server is configured, you can install one or more optional features. The Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 supports the following optional features:

  • Failover Clustering

  • Network Load Balancing

  • Subsystem for UNIX-based applications

  • Windows Server Backup

  • Multipath IO

  • Removable Storage

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption

  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

  • Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)

  • Telnet client

  • QWAVE

The following procedure describes how to install these features on a server running a Server Core installation.

noteNote
Failover Clustering is not available in Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition.

The following optional features require appropriate hardware:

  • Failover Clustering

  • Network Load Balancing

  • Multipath IO

  • Removable Storage

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption

noteNote
For more information about the hardware that is required for optional features, see the Additional References section at the end of this document.

There are no prerequisites for the following optional features:

  • Subsystem for UNIX-based applications

  • Windows Server Backup

  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

  • Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)

  • Telnet client

  • QWAVE

There are no known issues for installing an optional feature on a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008.

To install an optional feature on a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008, perform the following procedure.

noteNote
The Ocsetup.exe syntax is case sensitive so be sure to follow the examples explicitly.

To discover the available optional features, open a command prompt and type the following:

Oclist

This command lists the server roles and optional features that are available for use with Ocsetup.exe. It also lists the server roles and optional features that are currently installed.

  • At a command prompt, type:

    start /w ocsetup <featurename>

    Where featurename is the name of a feature from the following list:

    • Failover Clustering: FailoverCluster-Core

    • Network Load Balancing: NetworkLoadBalancingHeadlessServer

    • Subsystem for UNIX-based applications: SUACore

    • Multipath IO: MultipathIo

    • Removable Storage: Microsoft-Windows-RemovableStorageManagementCore

    • BitLocker Drive Encryption: BitLocker

    noteNote
    To install the remote administration tool for BitLocker, type the following at a command prompt:

    start /w ocsetup BitLocker-RemoteAdminTool

    • Windows Server Backup: WindowsServerBackup

    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP): SNMP-SC

    • Windows Internet Name Service (WINS): WINS-SC

    • Telnet client: TelnetClient

    • QWAVE: QWAVE

noteNote
To remove an optional feature, use start /w ocsetup with the appropriate role name and the /uninstall switch.

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