PowerShell on WS08 Server Core!!!!

Superstar Dmitry Sotnikov has done the world a great service today by documenting how to get PowerShell running on WS08 Server Core HERE.  Just to be clear, this is  not a MSFT supported configuration.  That does NOT mean that we think it won’t work.  What it means is that if it doesn’t, you have to leverage the community to help you figure it out instead of Microsoft support. [Insert your favorite snarky remark here]  🙂


As admins, it is just a simple fact of life that we have to color outside the lines to get our jobs done.   Yes – it would be best if we could leverage standard configurations and officially supported components but most days the criteria is “if it works, it works”. 


Just to be clear – there will be certain .NET classes that do not have the necessary WIN32 APIs to support them.   I think you will be hard pressed to find any or more importantly, NEED any.  I went out of my way to find one to see what the experience was and you just get a nice error message saying that it could not find the DLL.  PowerShell continues to run without a glitch.


You should give it a try and then share your experiences so that we all get this configuration better in focus. 



  • How did the install go for you?

  • What things are you using it for?

  • Any problems?

What a great way to start the day!


Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
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