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Tip: Use the Sconfig Utility to Install Windows PowerShell on Server Core

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The Server Configuration utility (Sconfig) provides a text-based menu system that makes it easy to do the following:

  • Configure domain or workgroup membership
  • Change a server’s name
  • Add a local Administrator account
  • Configure remote management features
  • Configure Windows Update settings
  • Download and install Windows updates
  • Enable or disable Remote Desktop
  • Configure network settings for TCP/IP
  • Configure the date and time
  • Log off, restart, or shut down

Here is a useful example. You can use Sconfig to install Windows PowerShell by following these simple steps:
1. At the command prompt, type sconfig.
2. At the menu prompt, enter 4, and then enter 2.
3. When the installation process is complete, you are prompted to restart the computer. Click Yes.

Once you’ve installed Windows PowerShell, you can access the PowerShell prompt by entering powershell at the command prompt. However, rather than running PowerShell within a command prompt, you might want to open a separate PowerShell window. To do this, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to display Task Manager. Then in Task Manager, click New Task on the File menu. Type powershell in the Open field, and then click OK.

From the Microsoft Press book Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition by William R. Stanek.

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