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Pop Quiz: Windows 2012 Installation Options

Applies to the "Install and Configure Servers" objective of Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Q: A company's server deployment team needs to install fourteen Windows 2012 servers to handle the expected increase in holiday traffic. The team would like the option of switching the servers between Server Core and Full GUI servers and do not want to be locked in to their first choice.

The server team would like four of the servers to include the Windows 8 Shell. Which installation option is required for these servers?

  1. Server Core
  2. Desktop Experience
  3. Server with a GUI
  4. Minimal Server Interface

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is B: The Desktop Experience installation option includes the Windows 8 Shell feature. This installation option also includes other features available for installation not found in the other three; such as Themes, Windows Store and support for Windows Store apps, and Windows Media Player.

Quick Tip: To completely remove a feature and the binary files from the disk, use the Windows PowerShell command Uninstall-WindowsFeature. For example, to remove Desktop Experience:

Uninstall-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience -Remove


Bonus Question: What are some of the reasons for choosing Access-Based Enumeration (ABE) in Windows Server 2012? (Tweet your answer with #pop410a and get a chance to win a rare MCPmag.com baseball cap! Deadline for entries is Monday, Jan. 27.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: Server Core, Minimal Server Interface, Server with a GUI, and Desktop Experience, are the installation options available for Windows Server 2012.

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