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Quickly Add/Remove Features in Windows Server 2008 R2

Issue:
How to quickly configure operating system components as Windows features in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Product:
Windows Server 2008 R2

Environment:
Struxureware Power Monitoring
Power Monitoring Expert
ION Enterprise
ION EEM

Cause:
In earlier versions of Windows, you use the Add/Remove Windows Components option of the Add Or Remove Programs utility to add or remove operating system components.
In Windows Server 2008 R2, you configure operating system components as Windows features that you can turn on or off rather than add or remove.

Resolution:
To add server features, simply do the following:
  1. Launch Server Manager (Start | Administrative Tools | Server Manager).
  2. In Server Manager, select Features in the left pane and then click Add Features in the Features pane. This starts the Add Features Wizard.
    (If the wizard displays the Before You Begin page, read the intro text and click Next. You can avoid seeing this page the next time you start this wizard by selecting the Skip This Page By Default check box before you click Next.)
  3. On the Select Features page, select the feature or features you want to install. If additional features are required to install the feature you selected, you’ll see the Add Features Required For dialog box. Click Add Required Features to close the dialog box and add the required features to the server installation.
  4. When you have finished selecting features that you want to add, click Next, and then click Install.

To remove server features, simply do the following:
  1. Launch Server Manager (Start | Administrative Tools | Server Manager).
  2. In Server Manager, select Features in the left pane, and then click Remove Features in the Features pane. This starts the Remove Features Wizard.
    (If the wizard displays the Before You Begin page, read the intro text and then click Next. You can avoid seeing this page the next time you start the wizard by selecting the Skip This Page By Default check box before clicking Next.)
  3. On the Select Features page, the currently installed features are selected. To remove a feature, clear the related check box. If you try to remove a feature that another feature depends on, you’ll see a warning stating that you cannot remove the feature unless you also remove the other feature. Click the Remove Dependent Feature button to remove both features.
  4. When you are finished selecting features that you want to remove, click Next and then click Remove.
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