In 1982 the Dragon 32 entered the home computer market but unfortunately there was one small problem ...lower-case letters were almost impossible to access. Two years later, Dragon was no more.

In 2008 Microsoft released Server Core which provides a fast and streamlined (but reduced functionality) edition of Windows with minimal GUI support. As of SQL Server 2012, installation to Windows 2008R2 Core is now a supported option and will mean the biggest administrative change to a DBA since the release of SQL 2005 ...or will it?

In this session we will discuss and demonstrate:-
Configuration of the OS through Command line utilities and PowerShell
Installation of SQL Server on Server Core
Remote Administration of SQL Server and Server Core
Clustering on Server Core

Will the lack of GUI support send Server Core in the same direction as the Dragon 32 or does it spell a bright new beginning for Windows Server based computing and SQL Server?

Attend this session and this time, listen to the Dragon roar!