Monday, 04 June 2007

I just arrived in Florida this evening for TechEd, so I am catching up on some news, and found this at It's good news in the "let's make effective security easier and better" category:

At TechEd 2007 this morning, Microsoft's senior vice president Bob Muglia generated the biggest applause of the day (not related to the Christopher Lloyd cameo) by announcing the new Server Core installation option in the forthcoming Windows Server 2008 will have as one of its ready-made "roles" the ability to rapidly appropriate Internet Information Services in a command-line-only environment.

The Server Core option allows you to run Windows Server without all the fancy Windows stuff - I other words, it's truly bare-bones and includes only what you really need.

UPDATE: On the TechEd floor today I learned that the "server core" implementation of IIS7 won't support ASP.NET applications - just HTML and ASP type stuff. Hopefully ASP.NET will be an option in the future.

From Microsoft, here is a description of the concepts behind the Server Core installation option:

The Server Core installation option of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system is a new option for installing Windows Server 2008. A Server Core installation provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles that reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles.

The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 provides the following benefits:

  • Reduced maintenance - Because a Server Core installation installs only what is required to have a manageable DHCP, File, Print, DNS, Media Services, AD LDS, or Active Directory server, less maintenance is required.
  • Reduced attack surface - Because Server Core installations are minimal, fewer services and applications run on the server, thereby decreasing the attack surface.
  • Reduced management - Because fewer applications and services are installed on a server running the Server Core installation, there is less to manage.
  • Less disk space required - A Server Core installation only requires about 1 gigabyte (GB) of disk space to install and approximately 2 GB for operations after the installation.

You can keep up to date with the Server Core team's efforts on their blog, and participate in the Server Core TechNet forum.

Reference Link: TechEd 2007: IIS7 to Become Seventh Server Core Role

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