Running remote desktop on a Windows Server Core 2008

I am currently investigating on running hyper-v server on my development machine. The main reason is the low footprint. However, as it turns out, it is not possible to ‘connect’ to the VM’s hosted on the hyper-v server from the core box itself, as the terminal services component (aka remote desktop) is missing from the Server Core.

According to Jason Hutt’s post at http://jasonhuitt.com/blog/post/Server-Core-2008-No-Built-In-MSTSC.aspx you can add the TS functionality to a Server Core box by copying the following files from a Windows Server 2008 or Vista SP1 machine

  • \Windows\System32\mstsc.exe

  • \Windows\System32\mstscax.dll

  • \Windows\System32\en-US\mstsc.exe.mui

  • \Windows\System32\en-US\mstscax.dll.mui

    I have not tested this yet, but will update this post as soon as I do.

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