Using Windows PowerShell to convert from a Windows Server 2012 Core installation to a Windows Server 2012 with a GUI installation

When you install Windows Server 2012, you can choose between Server Core Installation and Server with a GUI. The “Server with a GUI” option is the Windows Server 2012 equivalent of the Full installation option available in Windows Server 2008 R2. The “Server Core Installation” option reduces the space required on disk, the potential attack surface, and especially the servicing requirements. You can freely switch between these options at any time., one approach might be to initially install the Server with a GUI option, use the graphical tools to configure the you can freely switch between these options at any time later.

To add the Server with a GUI  to a Server Core from the  windows server core  command prompt  type

start powershell

In PowerShell type

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell -Restart

This will start the installation of the gui feature and restart the system when it completes.

Once the system restarts and you login you will be presented with the standard windows server 2012 with the GUI

Check the short video below for a demonstration.

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Find system uptime on Server 2012

  1. Right-Click in your taskbar and select Task Manager
  2. Select the performance tab

Quickly creating a WordPress site with Webmatrix 4

WebMatrix is a free and lightweight web development tool. It lets you create, publish, and maintain your website with ease. To setup a wordpress site you first need to download Webmatrix 4 here.After Webmatrix is installed you will download WordPress  from within Webmartrix and run the installer.

Installing Webmatrix on Server 2012

Download Microsoft Web Platform Installer 4.0 and choose run when prompted.

Install the application and then access your start menu (windows key) and begin typing the word web,  The search function should display Microsoft Web Platform installer. Run the application

Select the Microsoft Webmatrix 2 refresh.

Choose add and then select install. It will install all the files necessary for the WebMatrix application.

Once installed access your start screen and it should be on the main menu.  If not access the  start menu and begin typing the word webmatrix to search for it.

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Internet Security Configuration in Windows Server 2012

Here’s a short 45 second video showing how to turn off Internet Explorer Enhanced Internet Security Configuration in Windows Server 2012

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