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 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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