Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 5 Users
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 5 users
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials offers an affordable server solution that can be used as the primary infrastructure server in multi-server environments.
The cloud-enabled server solution for small business
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials, offers a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.
Integrated health reports
The Home page includes the Alerts and Reports tabs. Depending on your business needs, you can customize the system health reports to display items that you want to monitor. Health Reports is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, and it no longer needs to be installed as an add-in.
Manage Mobile Devices
If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can manage your mobile devices by using the Exchange Active Sync functionalities; for example, you can define email access from a mobile device, set up password policies, and perform a remote wipe of the mobile device.
You can turn on BranchCache to improve data access if the server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is located offsite. For more information, see Manage BranchCache.
Full System Restore
You can create a client restore service by using the Set Up Client Restore Service task, and you can perform client full system restore over the network instead of using an image that is saved on a DVD.
Users and Groups
The following functionalities are added for managing users and groups :
User groups management
Office 365 distribution groups management
Easy to create user groups
You can create user groups and add user accounts to them. User account permissions can be managed through their user group memberships. If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can manage your Office 365 distribution groups from the Dashboard.
The following functionalities are added in Server Storage: folder management on a second server in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials network and server folder quota.
Create shared folders
You can create shared folders on a secondary server while keeping the same Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path prefix.
Specify a space quota
You can specify a space quota for a server folder. You receive an alert when a server folder size grows beyond its defined quota.
Office 365 Integration
The following functionalities are available when Office 365 is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:
SharePoint Libraries management
Office 365 distribution groups management
Manage from dashboard
If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can:
- Manage your Office 365 SharePoint Libraries from the Dashboard.
- Manage your Office 365 distribution groups from the Dashboard.
Microsoft online services integration
The integration of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials with Microsoft online services, including Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Office 365, Windows Intune, and on-premises Exchange, is only supported in a single domain controller environment. The integration wizard for these Microsoft online services must be run on a domain controller.
Remote Web Access
Updated Remote Web Access is optimized for touch devices and enhanced with rich HTML5 support.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials provides improved client deployment options. The following improvements and changes are made in the client deployment process for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:
Connect to a server from a remote location
The Connector can be used to connect to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials from a remote location.
Trigger automatic VPN
The Connector can trigger automatic VPN dialing in domain-joined clients, so that customers can always be connected to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials when they are working off-premises.
Connect to other servers without reinstallation
The Connector can be configured to connect to other servers running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials without reinstallation.
The Connector performance has been improved by reducing its memory and CPU usage.
Server deployment options in Windows Server Essentials include:
If an Active Directory domain does not exist, installing the role will create an Active Directory domain, and the server will become the domain controller at the root of the forest and domain, holding all the FSMO roles. You can have more than one server with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed in your network.