Installing Windows roles or features on a Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 is not too difficult. You can do this very easily with a few clicks of the mouse using Windows Server Manager . Today we would like to show you how you can install additional Windows roles or features using the PowerShell command.
It is important that you start a PowerShell console with administrator rights . Then the following PowerShell command must be issued.
For example, if you want to install Windows Print Services using the PowerShell command, the command is
Install Windows Feature Print Services
After issuing the PowerShell command, the desired Windows feature is then installed . Here you can see the PowerShell installation window.
The installation process takes only a few seconds. After the installation you will see a message that the desired feature has been successfully installed on the Windows server. In the ” Restart ” column you can see whether the installed feature requires a Windows restart or not. In this case, the server does not have to be restarted.
If you want to get an overview of all installed Windows features of a Windows server, then you have to use the following PowerShell command.
Get-WindowsFeature | where installed -eq true
In the following figure you can see which Windows features are all installed on the Windows Server 2012 R2 system. These include the ” Print and Document Services ” just installed .
This makes it very easy to install missing Windows features using the PowerShell command “Install-WindowsFeature” . In a further post we will then go into more detail on the possibility of how you can also remove Windows features using PowerShell . If you are interested in other useful PowerShell commands, please take a closer look at the following articles.
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