Monday, December 29, 2008
What does /W stand for in server core “Start /w”
In Windows Server 2008 Server Core, only a command prompt is present as the user interface. You still have access to some of the GUIs. For example, type taskmgr and press Enter. The Task Manager will pop up. For most of the administration of server core, you will either use an MMC snap in that is redirected to the Server Core, our via command line directly on the Server Core box. The Start /W command is used before you initiate an action, like installing a role, that will take some time. This will cause the user interface to "wait" until the installation is completed. This prevents you from taking actions that will failure if done before an installation is completed.