How to install powershell on Windows 2008 R2 Core Server

After you install Windows 2008 R2 Core Server from media, you notice that powershell is installed by default. PowerShell is essential in Core environment to administer core operating system. So, it is recommended to install powershell after you install Core operating system to take full advantage of this powerful programming language in configuring the several OS parameters. Today, I installed a core server and thought of writing a articles on how to install powershell in Core.

Procedure to install powershell in Windows 2008 R2 Server Core:

  1. Logon to the Server with administrator account and start server configuration wizard by typing “SCONFIG” in command prompt.
  2. Select option “4” in Server Configuration wizard to enter into “Configure Remote Management”
  3. Select option “2” to install powershell (Enable Windows PowerShell)
  4. Reboot the server if prompted

This completes the installation. Now you can start powershell by starting the process “powershell.exe” either from command prompt or from task manager.

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