How do I find out what are my drive letters in Windows Core?

So you just installed you Windows Server Core and you want to identify your disk drives. Or maybe you’ve plugged a USB disk to copy some files and you don’t know the drive letter.

Since there is no explorer in Server Core you will have to use diskpart. Diskpart is a utility to manage disk drives and has been available since Windows Vista and replaced the old fdisk. You’ve surely used diskpart in it’s GUI version of Disk Management, so now you just have to get used to it in a command line.

So to find out your disk drive letter in Windows Server Core just type diskpart and then list volume. This will give a list of disks and their drive letters.



To leave diskpart just type exit. If you want to discover more about diskpart type help.


Logoff on a Windows 2008 Server Core

Windows Core has no Start button, and obviously, there’s no logoff button. So, how does one logoff?

Well, it’s actually very easy. On the Windows Core command prompt just type logoff.

If, by some reason you’ve closed the command prompt and are feeling a bit lost, just open some other server, or even your own workstation command prompt and type logoff 1/server: W2K8Core, where the number 1 is the number of session,  0 (zero) is the console and remote are 1 and 2.

Now you can simply login again and open the command prompt.

Windows Server Core – What now?

So you just installed you first Windows Server Core and you don’t really know what to do now.
Well, here’s some help. To configure the basics of your brand new server you can use the command sconfig. It will show you a nice Powershell menu to help you out.

Now you can configure the basic settings for your server without feeling lost.