Install SCVMM 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Server Core

Posted by Florent Appointaire on October 26, 2016
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In a previous article, I explained how to install SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Server Core.

Through this blog post, I’ll explain to you how to install SCVMM 2016 RTM, on a Server Core. This last version is compatible with SQL Server 2016.

To start, download the Windows ADK 10 version 1607 on the SCVMM Server. Here, you can see all features with the command

For SCVMM 2016, we need Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment :

windows adk 10 version 1607

Install them with the following command:

powershell command

To verify the installation is done, execute the following commands and verify that the last line has an Exit Code value to 0:

powershell command

windows adk 10 version 1607notepad

You can now launch the installation of SCVMM 2016. I’ve done a quiet installation, with an unattended file. To do this, copy the file VMServer.ini who is located in your ISO file, in amd64 > Setup. And paste it un a temp folder for example.

Open this file to edit it and fill in with your information. In my case, I have this:

VMServer notepad

You can find the list of each parameter here:

To start the installation of SCVMM, use the following command:


To note, if you have the following error message, change the password to use special character with no &, « , etc. :

scvmm window

We need now to verify the log file of the SCVMM installation and look at the end of the file that the installation is finished:

scvmm installation log file

When it’s done, apply the last Update Rollup. When I’m writing this post, we have UR1 available:

Now, it’s time to test the connection to SCVMM. I installed the console on another server and I applied the UR1. I connected to the SCVMM server :

scvmm window

vmm window

Et voilà 🙂 In the next post, we will install SCOM in a Server Core too  🙂

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Florent Appointaire
Florent Appointaire is Microsoft Engineer with 5 years of experience, specialized in Cloud Technologies (Public/Hybrid/Private). He is a freelance consultant in Belgium from the beginning of 2017. He is MVP Cloud and Datacentre Management. He is MCSE Private Cloud and Hyper-V certified. His favorite products are SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Azure pack/Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure.