Subset of .NET 2.0 Now on Server Core


Servers - Windows Server 2008 R2

Feature Impact

Severity - Low
Frequency - Low


The Server Core installation option for Windows Server 2008 R2 now includes a subset of the .NET Framework 2.0. The subset is the functionality in .NET 2.0 that aligns with the functionality in Server Core; no binaries were added to the Server Core base to allow any portion of .NET 2.0 to function.

There was no .NET support in the Server Core installation option for Windows Server 2008.

Manifestation of Impact

This allows some .NET 2.0 based-applications to run on Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2.


Verify that the .NET classes your code uses is included in Server Core. Also test any applications that run this code on Server Core.


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