In Windows Server 2012, you have the option to switch between a Server Core Installation and a Server with a GUI installation or vice-versa, based on changes in requirements for any particular server.
Converting from a Server Core Installation to a Server with a GUI Installation
The procedure to convert a Server Core to a Server with a GUI installation is simple using Windows PowerShell. However, it is a requirement that you issue the PowerShell cmdlets using elevated (Administrator) privileges.
You can use the steps in the following procedure to convert a Server Core installation to a Server with a GUI installation using Windows PowerShell:
- From a command window running with Administrator privileges, type PowerShell to invoke the Windows PowerShell environment.
- As shown in Figure 20, type Get-WindowsImage -ImagePath <path to wim>\install.wim to determine the index number for the appropriate Server with a GUI image.
As shown in Figure 21, type
Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell –Restart –Source wim:<path to wim>\install.wim:<Index#>
at the PowerShell Command Line to install the Windows Server 2012 GUI components.
- If you prefer, you can use Windows Update as the source of the installation files by typing Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell.
- As shown in Figure 22, Windows Server 2012 restarts to complete the installation of the GUI components.
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