Basics: Getting Started with Server Core

While working on the second part of the Systems Administration Tenets series, I realized that OS Deployment with Microsoft technologies is much deeper and nuanced than I remembered and I’ll require a little additional time to provide the levels of detail and i I feel necessary. So, the second part of the Systems Administration Tenets series will be bumped to next Monday (perhaps earlier if my schedule allows). To fill the gap, and make good on my promise of weekly posting, I’ll be posting a couple screencasts I recently stumbled upon while organizing my Windows Live Skydrive. In the Screencasts I discuss the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008, specifically:
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Systems Administration Tenet 1: Automate, Automate, Automate!

Automation is defined as the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means. Processes IT Professionals might seek to automate include: User Provisioning, Windows Update Installation (on client machines, of course), Backup Jobs and OS Deployments. Why would you want to automate your systems and processes?
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Controlling System Power State with Windows PowerShell

What would you do in the event of a complete utility power failure? Would you remote desktop to each key workoad running in your environment and shut it down gracefully? This approach works very well when your infrastructure is relatively small, but eventually the number of servers in your environment will grow to the point that it’s simply no longer practical. This is where PowerShell’s capability of managing the power state of your machines either via WMI calls or through native Cmdlets really becomes valuable. Let’s take a look at how we would shut down or restart machines, both singly and in batch.
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