Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core with AD Role having GUI Admin Console

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Published on 2010-05-25T07:43:45Z Indexed on 2010/05/25 7:51 UTC
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I would like to setup a machine with Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core and install following server roles:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (I'm not sure whether I actually need this one - see note below)

I'm obviously going to install Enterprise Edition.

Question

Can I have an AD administration graphical user interface to manage Active Directory on Server Core machine? I would really like to have it, because I'm not so keen to do stuff using power-shell, because I've never managed AD as well, so a GUI would be much more helpful, because I could at least visualize it a bit better and maybe understand AD structures.

Note: I'm setting up development environment machine as well and installing Sharepoint Foundation 2010 on in so it would use this AD machine.

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