After setting the admin password, personal settings are loaded and the user is presented with the "desktop" - this word is in quotes because there really is no desktop here in the sense that most users would expect; it is merely a command prompt. There is no Windows Explorer, no Start Menu and no quick launch icons - the administrator must perform the whole configuration using just the keyboard.
Blank: the "Desktop" after installation
There are, however a few graphical elements. The task manager is available, and can be accessed in the usual manner with the Ctrl+Shift+Esc key sequence. The task manager is necessary, for instance, if the administrator closes all the command prompt windows by mistake. Using the menu option File -> New Task in the task manager, with the command cmd , will cause a new command prompt to appear.
"Execute" in the Task Manager as a crash rescue mechanism
If a second prompt is used, you just need to type the command start and another window will open automatically.
"Start" entered in the Core Server opens a new command prompt
- Windows Server 2008 Core Installation
- Installation Of The System
- The First Login
- The "Desktop"
- Graphical Elements In The Core Installation
- Network Facilities
- Establishing The Network (continued)
- Installing Server Roles
- Uninstallation Of Server Roles
- Remote Access In The Console
- Remote Configuration With The mmC
- Screensaver Switched Off
- Activating The System
- Comparison: Core Installation Vs. Normal Installation
- Conclusion: A Server Installation For Professionals