Windows 2012 – CLI

Activating Windows 2012 with powershell:

(or use sconfig)

slmgr.vbs –ipk <productkey>
slmgr.vbs –ato


Rename the sever:
  • Determine the current name of the server with the hostname or ipconfig command.
  • In Windows PowerShell, run Rename-Computer.
  • Restart the computer.


Installing GUI with powershell:

(or use sconfig)

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra

An other option is to use dism

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer /featurename:Server-Gui-Shell /featurename:Server-Gui-Mgmt

If this fail, you need to mount the files.

1. Create a folder to mount WIM (mkdir c:\mountdir)

2. Check the index number needed for a server with GUI image (where d is the DVD drive)

dism /get-wiminfo /Wimfile: d:\sources\install.wim

We want to install the SERVERSTANDARD so the index number will be 2

3. Mount the WIM for Server Standard:

dism /mount-wim /wimfile: d:\sources\install.wim /Index:2 /mountdir:c:\mountdir /readonly

4. Start powershell and execute:

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell –restart –source c:\mountdir\windows\winsxs

5. Restart the server



Remove the GUI with powershell:
Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra



Use SCONFIG to configure a lot of options (domain/Computername/updates/nic/…)


For other options to remove/install the GUI look at

Configure a Server Core Server:

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