Forum FAQ: How to install PowerShell feature on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core server and a Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2. RRS feed

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    PowerShell feature is a very useful management tool for system administrators, especially on Server Core server  and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 which do not have UI. How can I install PowerShell feature on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core server?




    PowerShell feature depends on the NetFx2-ServerCore feature to be installed properly. To install the PowerShell feature, we need to first install NetFx2-ServerCore feature and then install MicrosoftWindowsPowerShell feature. To do so, please perform the following steps:


    1.            Use the following command to displays a list of features and their status:


    DISM /Online /Get-Features


    2.            Enables the NetFx2-ServerCore feature:


    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName: NetFx2-ServerCore


    3.            Enables the PowerShell feature:


    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName: MicrosoftWindowsPowerShell


    When you finish the above steps, you will be able to find the C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell folder and launch the shell.


    Note: It is recommend that you use DISM to install the features instead of OCSETUP in Windows Server 2008 R2. DISM is a new tool in Windows Server 2008 R2 and is more intelligent than OCSETUP.


    In addition, there are some other useful CMDLET you can use:


    DISM /online /enable-feature /featurename=ServerManager-PSH-Cmdlets

    DISM /online /enable-feature /featurename=BestPractices-PSH-Cmdlets


    More Information


    Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2



    Windows PowerShell Getting Started Guide



    Applies to


    Windows Server 2008 R2

    Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2

    Monday, February 22, 2010 6:03 AM

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  • Is there a way I can install DISM or even better, the whole R2 features to a 2008 R1 server core installation?

    We are running server core 2008 R1.


    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:59 AM