Windows Server 2012 – Add and Remove GUI
Microsoft worked hard on the management of the new Windows Server 2012. In Windows Server 2008 R2 you had to choose during the Installation if the Server is a Windows Server Full Installation (with GUI) or a Windows Server Core Installation (without GUI). In Windows Server 2012 you can add and remove the GUI from the server.
Add GUI on a Core Server
On a Core Server you can add the with the following PowerShell command
After the Installation you have to restart the server
Remove GUI on a Server
There are two ways you could do that, first via Server Manager remote the GUI feature:
Or via Windows PowerShell
It is also important that you understand that Windows Server 2012 has three different GUI options.
- GUI with Management Tools
So if you activate the GUI you do not get all of the Management tools automatically. You have also to activate the “Management tools GUI”.