Since Server Core does not have a GUI, you need to manage it via command line. To help with this, Microsoft included a script to help configure certain settings. Windows Server 2008 has two separate modes for remote acess depending on the client that you will be using. For Windows XP/2003, we have the tried and true version of Remote Desktop. For Vista and Windows 7, we have the Network Level Authentication version available for a more secure terminal session. To set the desired level, we would go to the Remote tab of the System Properties page as seen below.
Since this is not an option in Server Core, we have to use the SCRegEdit.wsf script that is included in server core. Notice that there is an additional step if you are using an XP or 2003 client to establish the connection.
Enable Remote Desktop for Administrators
· Enable Remote Deskop from Windows Vista/2008:
o Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /ar 0
· Enable Remote Desktop from Windows XP/2003 and earlier
- Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /ar 0
- Cscript %windir%\system32\SCRegEdit.wsf /cs 0 and press Enter