Tuesday, June 02, 2015

How to install GUI on Windows Server (2016) Technical Preview 2

Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (Windows Server 2016?) does not have the option to install the full GUI.
Figure 1.
 It does have the option to install minimum shell (MinShell). This will provide access to Server Manager and the cmd.exe as shown below.
Figure 2.
The GUI can be installed, that I know of, either using Server Manager or PowerShell.

To install using Server Manager, do Manage | Add Roles and Features. Hit on Next button using the default selection until you reach Features dialog. Under the feature User Interface and Infrastructure, select Server Graphical Shell.
Figure 3. Feature dialog
Progress the dialog/wizard window until completion.

Power users can also install the GUI using PowerShell, like:

PS C:\>Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell -Restart


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