Friday, May 13, 2016

How to enable remote desktop in Window Server 2012 R2 Core

Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server that provides a low-maintenance server environment with limited functionality.After installing window server core there greater possibility you won't have direct access to server so remote desktop is the best option for you, follow the below steps to enable remote desktop on window server core.

a. Login to the server
After login below is the screen your going to see,

Use the seen command line interface to enable remote desktop.

b. Migrate to system32 directory
cd \Windows\system32
c. Run the script below found in system directory which will show you the current state of remote desktop
cscript scregedit.wsf /AR /v
If it returns 1, that means the remote desktop is not enabled you need to enable it by running the following command
cscript scregedit.wsf /AR 0
As seen below:

d.  Check if remote desktop is enabled on firewall, by running the following command.

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop" | format-table Name,enabled -autosize

If it return false, enable it by running the following

Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup "Remote Desktop"

As seen below:

Now you're good you can manage your server any ware by using remote desktop client.
Don't forget to allow tcp/udp port 3389 on the router via port forwarding when the server is inside local area network.