Windows Server 2012 introduced a new configuration option called Minimal Server Interface. Minimal Server Interface is in simple words compromise between Server GUI Full Installation and Server Core installation. Minimal Server Interface installation reduces footprint of the server to some extent thus decreasing security hazards. In the same time it increases deployment scenarios.
Following tools are installed in Minimal Server Interface.
- Server Manager
- Some Control Panel Applets
The items which are not installed during Minimal Server Interface are
- Start Screen
- Windows Explorer
- Internet Explorer
Let’s see how to convert Server GUI full installation to Minimal Server Interface in Windows server 2012. If you want to convert Server GUI full installation to Server Core installation, read here.
Login as Administrator. Open “Powershell”. Type the command
“Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell -remove” and Press “Enter”.
After collecting some data, the system will start removing the Server-Gui-Shell.
After the removal of Server-gui-shell is finished, the system will ask us to restart the system.
Restart the system by typing “shutdown -r -t 0″. The system will reboot to Minimal server Interface which will look like below.