Phew! I was caught, by my own fault, in the commutative mess that is the trek back from the Jersey Shore after a holiday weekend. I do not understand the big allure to the Jersey Shore that locals keep to the area. It's a dump! For the time spent inching along in traffic, one could make it to Ocean City Maryland. Had I removed my ass from bed early this morning, I could have averted the ninety minute commute.
I have been playing around with the beta 3 version of WS2008, formerly "Windows Server Codenamed Longhorn". The platform is basically a server-version of Vista, without suitable video drivers. 400x300 out of the box... One new feature is a core-based design, whereas components are added as features or servers. This design makes the server install quick, but post-setup is much more involved. "Server Core" is a version of WS2008 that is designed to be a GUI-free version of the operating system and that is where I am interested. I normally run my Linux and BSD servers without a GUI. Novell's NetWare ran without a GUI. The lack of this component can scale-down the attack surface that a Windows Server can present. I have it running on a machine that is designated "sub-standard" hardware for WS2008. With a little research and time, I was able to configure a WS2008 file and print server and caching DNS server within an hour. All from the Windows command prompt (cmd.exe). Good stuff Microsoft!