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The Server Core installation option for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system provides a minimal environment for running specific server. I want to run a minimal linux build Virtual machine on this installation. Is it possible? Can i use a Vmware virtual machine ?

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I will answer your questions first:

Q) Is it possible to run GNU/Linux virtual machine on server core
A) Yes with HyperV role

Q) Can I use a VMWare Virtual Machine
A) No. There is limited capabilities for the Server Core UI.

You could enable the Hyper-V role on your server. If you have a Vista or Win 7 machine you can also download the HyperV management tools to assist in creating your virtual machines.

Try these sites for help:

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