Last week I was talking to Bill Baer, (blog | Twitter) my BFF and Senior Technical Product Manager for SharePoint at Microsoft. We were chatting about fun things like muscle cars, schnitzel, and how awesome Iowa is. I’d recently been asked by a couple of customers if SharePoint 2013 supported being installed on a Server Core installation of Windows. For those of you that haven’t played with this yet, it’s a minimal installation of Windows Server. The idea is that the fewer things you have running on Windows the fewer resources it will take, the less you’ll have to patch, and the fewer places the bad guys will have to attack your server. Everybody wins except the bad guys.
The SharePoint 2013 Hardware and Software Requirements document doesn’t explicitly spell out if SharePoint will work with a Server Core installation. Bill broke the bad news to me gently, SharePoint 2013 doesn’t support this. It doesn’t support being installed on Server Core and it doesn’t support running on Server Core after installation. SharePoint needs the whole Windows Enchilada.
Don’t be mad at Bill. He’s normally a very nice guy.