Windows Server 2012 offers an alternative to the Windows Server Core installation, which is the Windows Server 2012 Minimal Server Interface. Unlike Windows Server Core, the Windows Server 2012 Minimal Server Interface Installation gives access to the following GUI components:
- Server Manager
- MMC and snap-ins
- Control Panel (Although parts of the Control Panel that are no longer applicable are not available)
To install Windows Server 2012 Minimal Server Interface, from the System Manager, remove the User Interfaces and Infrastructure features, but leaving the Graphical Management and Infrastructure Tools part of the feature.