Roles, Role Services, and Features included in Windows Server - Server Core

Applies to: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel) and Windows Server 2016

We generally talk about what's not in Server Core - now we're going to try a different approach and tell you what's included and whether something is installed by default. The following roles, role services, and features are in the Server Core installation option of Windows Server. Use this information to help figure out if the Server Core option works for your environment. Because this is a large list, consider searching for the specific role or feature you're interested in - if that search doesn't return what you're looking for, it's not included in Server Core.

For example, if you search for "Remote Desktop Session Host" - you won't find it on this page. That's because the RD Session Host is NOT included in the Server Core image.

Remember that you can always look at what's not included. This is just a different way to look at things.

Roles included in Server Core

The Server Core installation option includes the following server roles.

Role Name Installed by default?
Active Directory Certificate Services AD-Certificate N
Active Directory Domain Services AD-Domain-Services N
Active Directory Federation Services ADFS-Federation N
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services ADLDS N
Active Directory Rights Management Services ADRMS N
Device Health Attestation DeviceHealthAttestationService N
DHCP Server DHCP N
DNS Server DNS N
File and Storage Services FileAndStorage-Services Y
Host Guardian Service HostGuardianServiceRole N
Hyper-V Hyper-V N
Print and Document Services Print-Services N
Remote Access RemoteAccess N
Remote Desktop Services Remote-Desktop-Services N
Volume Activation Services VolumeActivation N
Web Server IIS Web-Server N
Windows Server Essentials Experience ServerEssentialsRole N
Windows Server Update Services UpdateServices N

Role services included in Server Core

The Server Core installation option includes the following role services.

Role Role service Name Installed by default?
Active Directory Certificate Services Certification Authority ADCS-Cert-Authority N
Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Service ADCS-Enroll-Web-Pol N
Certificate Enrollment Web Service ADCS-Enroll-Web-Svc N
Certification Authority Web Enrollment ADCS-Web-Enrollment N
Network Device Enrollment Service ADCS-Device-Enrollment N
Online Responder ADCS-Online-Cert N
Active Directory Rights Management Active Directory Rights Management Server ADRMS-Server N
Identity Federation Support ADRMS-Identity N
File and Storage Services File and iSCSI Services File-Services N
File Server FS-FileServer N
BranchCache for Network Files FS-BranchCache N
Data Deduplication FS-Data-Deduplication N
DFS Namespaces FS-DFS-Namespace N
DFS Replication FS-DFS-Replication N
File Server Resource Manager FS-Resource-Manager N
File Server VSS Agent Service FS-VSS-Agent N
iSCSI Target Server iSCSITarget-Server N
iSCSI Target Storage Provider (VDS and VSS hardware providers) iSCSITarget-VSS-VDS N
Server for NFS FS-NFS-Service N
Work Folders FS-SyncShareService N
Storage Services Storage-Services Y
Print and Document Services Print Server Print-Server N
LPD Service Print-LPD-Service N
Remote Access DirectAccess and VPN (RAS) DirectAccess-VPN N
Routing Routing N
Web Application Proxy Web-Application-Proxy N
Remote Desktop Services Remote Desktop Connection Broker RDS-Connection-Broker N
Remote Desktop Licensing RDS-Licensing N
Remote Desktop Virtualization Host RDS-Virtualization N
Web Server (IIS) Web Server Web-WebServer N
Common HTTP Features Web-Common-Http N
Default Document Web-Default-Doc N
Directory Browsing Web-Dir-Browsing N
HTTP Errors Web-Http-Errors N
Static Content Web-Static-Content N
HTTP Redirection Web-Http-Redirect N
WebDAV Publishing Web-DAV-Publishing N
Health and Diagnostics Web-Health N
HTTP Logging Web-Http-Logging N
Custom Logging Web-Custom-Logging N
Logging Tools Web-Log-Libraries N
ODBC Logging Web-ODBC-Logging N
Request Monitor Web-Request-Monitor N
Tracing Web-Http-Tracing N
Performance Web-Performance N
Static Content Compression Web-Stat-Compression N
Dynamic Content Compression Web-Dyn-Compression N
Security Web-Security N
Request Filtering Web-Filtering N
Basic Authentication Web-Basic-Auth N
Centralized SSL Certificate Support Web-CertProvider N
Client Certificate Mapping Authentication Web-Client-Auth N
Digest Authentication Web-Digest-Auth N
IIS Client Certificate Mapping Authentication Web-Cert-Auth N
IP and Domain Restrictions Web-IP-Security N
URL Authorization Web-Url-Auth N
Windows Authentication Web-Windows-Auth N
Application Development Web-App-Dev N
.NET Extensibility 3.5 Web-Net-Ext N
.NET Extensibility 4.6 Web-Net-Ext45 N
Application Initialization Web-AppInit N
ASP Web-ASP N
ASP.NET 3.5 Web-Asp-Net N
ASP.NET 4.6 Web-Asp-Net45 N
CGI Web-CGI N
ISAPI Extensions Web-ISAPI-Ext N
ISAPI Filters Web-ISAPI-Filter N
Server Side Includes Web-Includes N
WebSocket Protocol Web-WebSockets N
FTP Server Web-Ftp-Server N
FTP Service Web-Ftp-Service N
FTP Extensibility Web-Ftp-Ext N
Management Tools Web-Mgmt-Tools N
IIS 6 Management Compatibility Web-Mgmt-Compat N
IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility Web-Metabase N
IIS 6 Scripting Tools Web-Lgcy-Scripting N
IIS 6 WMI Compatibility Web-WMI N
IIS Management Scripts and Tools Web-Scripting-Tools N
Management Service Web-Mgmt-Service N
Windows Server Update Services WID Connectivity UpdateServices-WidDB N
WSUS Services UpdateServices-Services N
SQL Server Connectivity UpdateServices-DB N

Features included in Server Core

The Server Core installation option includes the following features.

Feature Name Installed by default?
.NET Framework 3.5 Features NET-Framework-Features N
.NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) NET-Framework-Core (removed)
HTTP Activation NET-HTTP-Activation N
Non-HTTP Activation NET-Non-HTTP-Activ N
.NET Framework 4.6 Features NET-Framework-45-Features Y
.NET Framework 4.6 NET-Framework-45-Core Y
ASP.NET 4.6 NET-Framework-45-ASPNET N
WCF Services NET-WCF-Services45 Y
HTTP Activation NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45 N
Message Queuing (MSMQ) Activation NET-WCF-MSMQ-Activation45 N
Named Pipe Activation NET-WCF-Pipe-Activation45 N
TCP Activation NET-WCF-TCP-Activation45 N
TCP Port Sharing NET-WCF-TCP-PortSharing45 Y
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) BITS N
Compact Server BITS-Compact-Server N
BitLocker Drive Encryption BitLocker N
BranchCache BranchCache N
Client for NFS NFS-Client N
Containers Containers N
Data Center Bridging Data-Center-Bridging N
Enhanced Storage EnhancedStorage N
Failover Clustering Failover-Clustering N
Group Policy Management GPMC N
I/O Quality of Service DiskIo-QoS N
IIS Hostable Web Core Web-WHC N
IP Address Management (IPAM) Server IPAM N
iSNS Server service ISNS N
Management OData IIS Extension ManagementOdata N
Media Foundation Server-Media-Foundation N
Message Queuing MSMQ N
Message Queuing Services MSMQ-Services N
Message Queuing Server MSMQ-Server N
Directory Service Integration MSMQ-Directory N
HTTP Support MSMQ-HTTP-Support N
Message Queuing Triggers MSMQ-Triggers N
Routing Service MSMQ-Routing N
Message Queuing DCOM Proxy MSMQ-DCOM N
Multipath I/O Multipath-IO N
MultiPoint Connector MultiPoint-Connector N
MultiPoint Connector Services MultiPoint-Connector-Services N
MultiPoint Manager and MultiPoint Dashboard MultiPoint-Tools N
Network Load Balancing NLB N
Peer Name Resolution Protocol PNRP N
Quality Windows Audio Video Experience qWave N
Remote Differential Compression RDC N
Remote Server Administration Tools RSAT N
Feature Administration Tools RSAT-Feature-Tools N
BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration Utilities RSAT-Feature-Tools-BitLocker N
DataCenterBridging LLDP Tools RSAT-DataCenterBridging-LLDP-Tools N
Failover Clustering Tools RSAT-Clustering N
Failover Cluster Module for Windows PowerShell RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell N
Failover Cluster Automation Server RSAT-Clustering-AutomationServer N
Failover Cluster Command Interface RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface N
IP Address Management (IPAM) Client IPAM-Client-Feature N
Shielded VM Tools RSAT-Shielded-VM-Tools N
Storage Replica Module for Windows PowerShell RSAT-Storage-Replica N
Role Administration Tools RSAT-Role-Tools N
AD DS and AD LDS Tools RSAT-AD-Tools N
Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell RSAT-AD-PowerShell N
AD DS Tools RSAT-ADDS N
Active Directory Administrative Center RSAT-AD-AdminCenter N
AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools RSAT-ADDS-Tools N
AD LDS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools RSAT-ADLDS N
Hyper-V Management Tools RSAT-Hyper-V-Tools N
Hyper-V Module for Windows PowerShell Hyper-V-PowerShell N
Windows Server Update Services Tools UpdateServices-RSAT N
API and PowerShell cmdlets UpdateServices-API N
DHCP Server Tools RSAT-DHCP N
DNS Server Tools RSAT-DNS-Server N
Remote Access Management Tools RSAT-RemoteAccess N
Remote Access module for Windows PowerShell RSAT-RemoteAccess-PowerShell N
RPC over HTTP Proxy RPC-over-HTTP-Proxy N
Setup and Boot Event Collection Setup-and-Boot-Event-Collection N
Simple TCP/IP Services Simple-TCPIP N
SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support FS-SMB1 Y
SMB Bandwidth Limit FS-SMBBW N
SNMP Service SNMP-Service N
SNMP WMI Provider SNMP-WMI-Provider N
Telnet Client Telnet-Client N
VM Shielding Tools for Fabric Management FabricShieldedTools N
Windows Defender Features Windows-Defender-Features Y
Windows Defender Windows-Defender Y
Windows Internal Database Windows-Internal-Database N
Windows PowerShell PowerShellRoot Y
Windows PowerShell 5.1 PowerShell Y
Windows PowerShell 2.0 Engine PowerShell-V2 (removed)
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Service DSC-Service N
Windows PowerShell Web Access WindowsPowerShellWebAccess N
Windows Process Activation Service WAS N
Process Model WAS-Process-Model N
.NET Environment 3.5 WAS-NET-Environment N
Configuration APIs WAS-Config-APIs N
Windows Server Backup Windows-Server-Backup N
Windows Server Migration Tools Migration N
Windows Standards-Based Storage Management WindowsStorageManagementService N
WinRM IIS Extension WinRM-IIS-Ext N
WINS Server WINS N
WoW64 Support WoW64-Support Y