From Windows 2012 Server Core to GUI

By default Windows 2012 Server is installed without a GUI (Graphic User Interface). But compared to Windows 2008 R2, it can be added later with following command:
#Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell

Unfortunately this command did not work for me because it can’t find the source. So you need to put/mount Windows 2012 Server CD first and after that run following commands:
1. Create a folder to mount Server WIM.
#mkdir C:\MountWim\
2.  Get the index number of the GUI Server image.
#dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:d:\sources\install.wim
3. Mount the WIM for the installed Server with GUI. In my case it was DataCenter GUI which had the index number 4.
#dism /mount-wim /wimfile: d:\sources\install.wim /Index:4 /mountdir:C:\MountWim\ /readonly
4. Run powershell:
5. Start Installation:
#Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell –restart –source C:\MountWim\Windows\WinSxS

Or you can mount straight away the Wim-File:
1. #Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell –restart –source wim:d\sources\install.wim:4

admin on January 22nd 2013 in IT, Windows Server

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