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Enabling GUI on Hyper-V 2012 R2 Core RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have seen several articles about enabling Minimal Server Interface (GUI) on 2012 core.  Such as ...

    http://www.admin-magazine.com/Articles/Windows-Server-2012-Tricks

    Trick #6

    None of these work for me.  Is this because I installed from a  2012 R2 Hyper-v ISO instead of a 2012 R2 Install disk and selected 'Core' install? 

    Also, is there a licensing difference between 2012 R2 Hyper-v and 2012 R2 Core install with Hyper-v and GUI enabled?

    Thanks.

    Monday, March 17, 2014 3:31 PM

Answers

  • This is why I almost never come to these forums.  Few of the people here can actually read and even fewer are ever helpful.

    As stated, I already tried the various PS options and they don't work.  SO whats the point of sending me different links to the same information I already provided????

    After further testing, I am assuming my initial suspicion is correct.  IF you install from the 2012 R2 Hyper-V disk, which is not the same as the 2012 R2 Windows Server disk(s), you don't get a 'core' or 'full' installation option.  You just get a 'core' install with Hyper-V role already added.

    I suspect something about this build is missing even the PS commands to allow several of the steps required to identify your install type much less install the GUI.

    As a test, I used the 2012 R2 Windows Server disk and choose the 'core' install.  I was then able to use the various PS options I linked to and added the GUI.

    SO, I guess I answered my own question.

    • Marked as answer by Kevin Bachar Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:29 PM
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:29 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Please go through following link, you have to run Power-Shell command to enable GUI in core OS.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/10/02/from-server-core-to-gui-to-minshell.aspx

    Regards,


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    • Proposed as answer by Andy QiModerator Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:09 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Kevin Bachar Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:30 PM
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:41 AM
  • Hi,

    As an additional information, you could also refer to the following articles for details.

    Configuring the Minimal Server Interface

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/server_core/archive/2012/05/09/configuring-the-minimal-server-interface.aspx

    Converting from Server 2012 Core install to Full GUI

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/john_taylor/archive/2013/01/09/converting-from-server-2012-core-install-to-full-gui.aspx

    Switch between Server Core mode and Server GUI mode in Windows Server 2012

    http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Switch-between-Windows-9680265d

    Hope this helps.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Qi

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    Andy Qi
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    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:13 AM
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  • This is why I almost never come to these forums.  Few of the people here can actually read and even fewer are ever helpful.

    As stated, I already tried the various PS options and they don't work.  SO whats the point of sending me different links to the same information I already provided????

    After further testing, I am assuming my initial suspicion is correct.  IF you install from the 2012 R2 Hyper-V disk, which is not the same as the 2012 R2 Windows Server disk(s), you don't get a 'core' or 'full' installation option.  You just get a 'core' install with Hyper-V role already added.

    I suspect something about this build is missing even the PS commands to allow several of the steps required to identify your install type much less install the GUI.

    As a test, I used the 2012 R2 Windows Server disk and choose the 'core' install.  I was then able to use the various PS options I linked to and added the GUI.

    SO, I guess I answered my own question.

    • Marked as answer by Kevin Bachar Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:29 PM
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:29 PM
  • Hi,

    First of all, I’m sorry for my misunderstanding for your original question. I missed the information that you mentioned your server is Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 other than Windows Server 2012 R2 Core with Hyper-V feature enabled. I provided the additional information just want give you more methods to install GUI on the server.

    Regarding Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, please understand that it’s a free download and its installation is preactivated, so it has only a Core installation option and it cannot be converted to a GUI version.

    Regarding more details about this product, please refer to the following article.

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012

    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh833684.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Andy Qi

    TechNet Subscriber Support

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    Andy Qi
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    Friday, March 28, 2014 11:30 AM
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  • Monday, January 12, 2015 12:03 PM
  • corefig DOESN"T WORK ON 2012 R2

    Why people keep pushing it without really looking?

    Monday, April 20, 2015 9:44 PM
  • corefig DOESN"T WORK ON 2012 R2

    Why people keep pushing it without really looking?

    I just installed it and it does work.  

    Copy the files to a folder (I have it actually located on the DC in a share) and then go to the hyper v server that has the GUI disabled (which is what I am using) and then not IN the folder, one level up, enter cd /D corefig.  then in the folder type cscript start_corefig.wsf and it popped up with the limited GUI that corefig has.


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:44 PM
  • Kevin

    Your assumption is correct.  There is a licensing difference between Hyper-V server and Server STD/ENT.  Think ESXi Free.  It comes with limitation.  I assume Microsoft meant Hyper-V server to be installed as a bare bones hypervisor, again think ESXi, and managed by System Center.

    There may be a way to hack and crack the free version of Hyper-V server, but I would recommend against it.  Just join the server to a domain and manage it remotely thru MMC.  Your other option is paying egregious amounts of money for Datacenter/Enterprise so that you can access a ton of RAM.

    Happy visualizing

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015 3:47 AM
  • Dave,

    Many applications like Veeam Backup and Replication console server need install on Windows platform with GUI. Core is not support. 

    Alex

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:35 AM