I don't agree with the decision to remove the GUI from Server 1709 as an option. Some servers are for R&D.
I have set up production servers for Intel, and used an R&D and test server to develop new tools and to test configurations before I pushed them to production servers. As such, I needed the GUI tools and the GUI interface. Those machines were my primary work environment every day.
The Server should retain the option to install the GUI, as not every server is a production server.