Windows Server 2003 Command Line Only Mode (NO GUI)

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by LvBohemian, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. LvBohemian

    LvBohemian Guest

    I have heard that you can run Windows Server 2003 without the GUI period,
    only in command shell mode; although I have been unable to find out how to do
    it thus far…
    Other then safe-mode, ssh, rdp etc…

    Linux type Run-Levels would be very nice to have in a Windows Server…

    Thanks in advance.
    LvBohemian, Feb 6, 2006
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  2. I suppose you could replace the windows shell (on either a machine or user
    basis) with the command shell. Would probably work in many server
    deployments, of course I would do some serious testing/etc. before putting it
    into production:

    I'm assuming you're doing this to help limit what an administrative user can
    do while logged onto the machine. If that's the case you might want to just
    stop them from logging in interactivly (in the security policy). I belive
    that the vast majority of administration should not (and has no reason to) be
    done from the console.

    In Longhorn server (Q4 2007) there is slated to be a "Server Core" that
    doesnt have the GUI functionality.

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    Erik Szewczyk [MVP], Feb 6, 2006
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