Configure Server Using Sconfig – Windows Server Core 2016

This is a guide for configuring Windows Server 2016 using sconfig. If you have Server 2016 installed with the desktop experience, you can also use Server Manager to configure your server.   To configure with Server Manager, please see Configure Server Using Server Manager – Windows Server 2016.



Before starting, you you have Windows Server 2016 installed. If you have not done this, please see Installing Windows Server 2016.

1) Run sconfig

In Command Prompt, type sconfig and hit Enter

You will now see the Server Configuration Tool (sconfig)

2) Select the setting you would like to change

You will now simply type the number of the setting you would like to change and follow the prompts



Type 2 and hit Enter

Enter the new Computer Name and hit Enter

You will get a prompt to reboot, you can do this now or at a later time


Type 5 and hit Enter

Then type AD, or M (Automatic, DownloadOnly, or Manual) then hit Enter

An Update Settings window will pop up to confirm the setting was changed, click OK


Type 7 and hit Enter

Type E or D (Enable or Disable Remote Desktop) and hit Enter

If you chose to enable, you will now need to type 1 or 2 (see below) and hit Enter

     1) Allow only clients running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)

      2) Allow Clients running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)

It will pop up a Remote Desktop window that confirms the change was made, click OK


Type 8 and hit Enter

The available network adapters will appear

Type the Index# of the adapter you would like to change and hit Enter

You will now see the Network Adapter Settings you can change

Select the setting you would like to change

In this example we will change the Network Adapter Address (this also changes the subnet mask and default gateway)

Type 1 and hit Enter

Type D or S(DHCP or Static) and hit Enter

If you selected Static, type the IP address, Subnet mask, and Default gateway, hitting Enter after each

The new settings will be output below

Setting the DNS Servers is a similar process

You will enter and primary DNS server, then the secondary DNS server

A pop-up window will appear to tell you the setting was changed


Type 9 and hit Enter

The Date and Time window will appear

Click Change date and time… and make any changes necessary

Click OK until you are out of the Date and Time window


Type 11 and hit Enter

Enter 123, or 4 (see below) and hit Enter

       1) Display License Info

       2) Activate Windows

       3) Install Product Key

       4) Return to main menu

If you are choosing options 2 or 3, follow any remaining prompts