Deploy Windows Core Server 2022 with Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand with Packer

I while ago I started with parker to create simple templates for use in my homelab.

It take some time to find the rights scripts and learning en understanding the HCL2 coding

But in related to Security reasons I want to use a Windows Core Server the smaller footprint.

What is Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand:

Installing Features on Demand through Powerschell contains a bug. You may see “failure to download files”, “cannot download”, or errors like “0x800F0954” or file not found.

To Solve that I created I powerschell script to run the install twice: featuresondemand.ps1

You can find al the needed files on my Public Github Packer repository:

When running is showing like this:

A blue screen with white squares

Description automatically generated

It works for now, but there is one thing that would the hole thing a quiet nicer.
Passwords encrypted in a separate file.

Windows 2012 DirectAccess Quick & Dirty

Install Server 2012. Join Server to your Domain.


Select Behind an Edge Device
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Windows 8 Client


I have a Firewall/NAT router. So you need open some ports


DirectAccess works great. Every where I work I have access to my docs & email.

Core Configurator 2.0 (Windows Server 2008 R2)

Core Configurator V2 is beschibaar voor Windows Server 2008 R2 Core editie


Core Configuration taken omvatten:

  • Product Licensing
  • Netwerkfuncties
  • Dcpromo
  • ISCSI Instellingen
  • Server rollen en functies
  • Gebruiker en Groepsrechten
  • Share aanmaken en Verwijderen
  • Dynamische Firewall-instellingen
  • Display | Screensaver Instellingen
  • Toevoegen & Verwijderen Drivers
  • Proxyinstellingen
  • Windows Updates (Inclusief WSUS)
  • Multipath I / O
  • Hyper-V inclusief virtuele machine
  • Join Domain en Computer her noemen
  • Toevoegen / verwijderen programma’s
  • Services
  • WinRM
  • Volledige logging van alle commando’s die worden uitgevoerd.

Downloaden doe je HIER

Windows 2008 Core Read Only Domain Controller Script

1. Enter the productkey:
slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

2. Activate:
slmgr.vbs -ato

3. Show activation:
slmgr.vbs -dli

4. Rename the computer:
Netdom renamecomputer WIN-???????? /newname:W2K8RDC01 /reboot:15
(use the command set to view all the variables used by Microsoft Windows)

5. Show all network interfaces:
Netsh interface ipv4 show interface

6. Set a static IP address:
Netsh interface ipv4 set address name=2 source=static mask=
(make sure that you’re choosing the right network interface. In this example it’s 2, so name=2 it means interface 2)

7. Set a static DNS server:
Netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=2 index=1

8. Turn Remote Desktop (RDP) on:
Cscript %windir%system32SCRegEdit.wsf /ar 0

9. Enable Remote Desktop (RDP) in the Windows Firewall:
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”remote desktop” new enable=yes

10. Enable Remote Management (RemoteCMD) in the Windows Firewall:
netsh firewall set service type=remoteadmin mode=enable 

11. Join the domain:
Netdom join W2K8RDC01 /domain:adtest.local /usero:administrator /passwordo:*
(This step is only for joining a member server to the domain. For a Domain Controller go to step 12)

12. Preparing the promotion to a Read Only Domain Controller:
We need to create a unattend.txt that we are going to use by the DCPROMO. So let’s create a new textfile, type notepad

13. Making the unattended.txt:
Copy and past the following test into the new textfile and save this file on the C: drive of the Core Server.

14) Run the DCPROMO
dcpromo /unattend:c:unattend.txt

Windows 2008 Core Configurator Download


Ik vond een nice tooltje om Windows Core mee te configureren. Het tootlje is gemaakt door voormalig MVP Guy Teverovsky. Het tooltje heet dan ook Core Configurator.
Hij geeft dit tooltje gemaakt in prive tijd maar dit heeft dit van zijn voormalige werkgever of line moeten halen. Zie het verhaal hier.

Hoezo voor malig MVP: Hij heeft zijn MVP Titel moeten inleveren toen hij voor Microsoft ging werken in Isreal.


En zo ziet het tooltje er uit:

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