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After installing a Windows Server Core machine, the first task an administrator must do is to set the network address, configure the machine name and set domain membership. Fortunately, Microsoft included a useful command called sconfig,command that allows you to quickly configure basic server settings.

In your command prompt, use sconfig and follow the instructions on the screen:

Using Server Configuration you are able to:

  • configure the machine
  • join a dome or set workgroup name
  • configure local administrator accounts
  • configure Remote Management settings
  • enable Automatic Windows Updates
  • manually install Windows Updates
  • enable/Disable Remote Desktop
  • configure Network Settings such as IP address and DNS servers
  • set the date and time
  • logoff, restart and shutdown the server