Windows Server 2016

Exchange Server 2019 is coming to Server Core

Last week, the Microsoft Exchange Product Group announced the release of the Exchange Server 2019 public preview! They also lifted the veil on some of the new features/capabilities etc. of this new major build of Exchange Server. To say that I’m excited about this release is an understatement… I feel this Exchange Server version is groundbreaking due to one of its new features, touted by the team as making Exchange Server 2019 the safest Exchange Server yet.

 

Of course, you’ll think I drank too much of the Kool-Aid and simply bought the same line the team has been marketing for the last couple of years for many Microsoft products, including Windows. This time it’s different. This time, it’s not really an Exchange Server feature, but more a platform support feature:

Exchange Server 2019 is coming to Server Core.

 

Yes!

It will be finally possible to install Exchange Server 2019 on Server Core installations of Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. The Product Group mentions that they consider this the best deployment option. It means there isn’t really a need for a desktop experience. However, it remains an option.

Preview

Exchange Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 is still in preview, but you can download the Windows Server Insider Preview here (after signup) and the Exchange Server 2019 Preview here. As both versions are still in preview, anything in the above text might still change before either of these products reach Release to Manufacturers (RTM)…

Available Windows PowerShell Cmdlets in NanoServerImageGenerator.psm1 in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4

I’ve been playing around with Nano Server these couple of days and have been extensively using the NanoServerImageGenerator Windows PowerShell Module that shipped with the Installation Media for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 as the file NanoServerImageGenerator .psm1 file in the NanoServer folder.

You might be wondering which Windows PowerShell Cmdlets are available through this Windows PowerShell Module, so here is the list:

  1. Edit-NanoServerImage
  2. Get-NanoServerPackages
  3. New-NanoServerImage

 

Edit-NanoServerImage

The Edit-NanoServerImage Windows PowerShell Cmdlet can be used to modify a base Nano Server installation image adding packages, drivers  and configuring operating system options.

This cmdlet expects that you ran New-NanoServerImage in advance.
It operates on the image produced by New-NanoServerImage as requested.

Possible operations are: Add packages, add drivers, set computer name, set administrator password, join a domain, enable debug, enable EMS and set static IP address.

 

Get-NanoServerPackages

The Get-NanoServerPackages Windows PowerShell Cmdlet can be used to retrieve the list of available packages from the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 installation media.

This cmdlet scans the given media and returns a list of packages available to be embedded into the Nano Server image.

 

New-NanoServerImage

The New-NanoServerImage Windows PowerShell Cmdlet can be used to create a base Nano Server installation image.

This cmdlet makes a local copy of the necessary files from the installation media and converts the included WIM Nano Server image into a VHD(X) image. It then makes a copy of the converted VHD(X) image into a user-supplied path. After that, the following operations can be applied:

  • Add packages
  • Add drivers
  • Set computer name
  • Set administrator password
  • Join a domain
  • Enable debug
  • Enable EMS
  • Set static IP address