In this tutorial, you are going to be shown how to patch Windows Server Core 2016. You can also look around and find three more ways to manage windows server core. The installation of Windows updates on Server Core is only possible with the SCONFIG utility which automatically comes with Server Core.
Learn How to Patch Windows Server Core 2016
The SCONFIG utility makes available 90% of the needed administrative tasks and options. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Type SCONFIG
In order to access the SCONFIG, simply type SCONFIG.
Step 2: Select Option 6
In order to access the updates menu, choose option 6 from the SCONFIG menu.
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Step 3: Click for All Updates
Click on A for all updates. This will ensure the installation of available updates for Server Core.
Step 4: Start The Installation
The moment all the updates have been downloaded, select A to commence the Installation process.
Step 5: Restart The Server
The moment you are done, you will receive a prompt asking you to restart the Server.
You should notice that PowerShell Core is different than the Windows PowerShell editions which are currently in use. This particular version is designed to run cross-platform on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
On the contrary, PowerShell Core runs on top of .NET Core, a cross-platform, open-source version of the code base which powers most of the Windows ecosystem.
Three Ways You Can Manage Windows Server Core 2016
In this section, you are going to be taught the three other ways by which to manage Windows Server Core 2016 using 3 remote management tools. Needless to say, you must have already downloaded and successfully installed Windows Server Core 2016.
Since Windows Server Core does not come with a GUI interface, all Server Management tools are required to be done using management tools except some simple configuration that can be done from the Server Core itself.
The remote management tools are described below.
Tool 1: SCONFIG
The first tool is SCONFIG. This tool is built-in into Server Core and can be accessed by typing SCONFIG. How to use the SCONFIG tool is demonstrated on the screenshot below.
The SCONFIG tool usually comes with 15 simple management options that allow for configuration of all the basic settings on the Server. These management options are displayed on the screenshot shown below.
Tool 2: Server Manager
The second management tool is the server manager. By using a Management Server or Workstation, you can add Server Core to Server Manager and Add Roles and Features. Consider the screenshot provided below.
Tool 3: Remote PowerShell
The third management tool is the Remote PowerShell. By using Remote PowerShell you can install Roles, Features and Manage configure the Server. The tool is demonstrated in the screenshot displayed below.
Tool 4: Computer Management
The fourth management tool is Computer Management. It is one of the oldest Remote Management tools that is remarkable for Storage Configuration, Event Viewer, and Local User Management. It is shown in the screenshot provided below.
In this tutorial, you have been provided with a step-by-step demonstration on how to patch Windows Server Core 2016. In addition, four more tools for the management of Windows Server Core have been demonstrated. These include SCONFIG, Remote PowerShell, Server Manager and Computer Management. However, as a matter of fact, the installation of Windows updates on Server Core is only possible with the SCONFIG utility which automatically comes with Server Core. Good luck to you.