How to Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Windows Server core comes as an only command line operating system. So for any functionality you want to perform on the server core you must know the command line or powershell. In this post we will see on How to Configure Networking in Windows Server Core.

Configuring networking is the first step after installation of any server Windows or Linux. Networking allows you to connect your server to outside as well as with other servers in same environment. So in case of windows server core as well after installation you must configure networking.

Networking configuration is the simple task where we will configure IP address, Gateway, Netmask & DNS Server in the server. So that our server can connect to other servers. We will use the same sconfig utility to configure networking in windows server core.

So let’s see How to Configure Networking in Windows Server Core.

Step 1:
Login to your Windows Server core first.
You will get the command prompt.
Type “sconfig” & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 2:
For Network settings of windows server core we have to use number 8.
So enter number 8 & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 3:
Now you will see available network adapters in your windows server core.
Provide the number of your network adapter such as 1 or 2.
Press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 4:
Here you will see Network adapter details.
Now you will have 4 options for Network configuration.
First we must set the Network adapter address.
Enter number 1 & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 5:
You can setup the network as DHCP or Static.
We are configuring the static network.
So enter S for static IP & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 6:
You will be asked for the Static IP address, Subnet mask & Gateway.
Provide your details & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 7:
Now you can see that IP address, Subnet Mask & Gateway has setup successfully.
Now we need to set DNS Server as well.
To set DNS Server enter number 2 & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

Step 8:
Provide the Preferred & alternate DNS Servers.
Press Enter to continue.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

You can see that your networking is setup successfully.
Now we can return to main menu by entering number 4 & press Enter.

Configure Networking in Windows Server Core

That’s it, Using this way you can use the sconfig utility in server core to setup networking in your windows server core machines. Once networking is setup you can try connectivity with other servers using ping.

If you mistype any network details than no need to worry you can follow the same process & configure your networking again.

Note: In this post we have used Windows Server 2019 core edition.

If you haven’t installed Windows Server Core than you can check our post :

How to Install Windows Server Core Step by Step ?

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