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Windows Server 2012 Essentials License
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Windows Server Essentials is now available in two forms:
As a server role: Windows Server Essentials Experience is provided as a server role in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012. Installing Windows Server Essentials Experience in Windows Server 2012 provides you with all the features and functionalities (such as the Dashboard, client computer backups, and Remote Web Access) of Windows Server 2012 Essentials without the locks and limits that are imposed on it. For more information about this new server role.
As a core Windows Server edition: Windows Server 2012 Essentials. As a part of your installation process, you can opt to install Windows Server 2012 Essentials as a virtual machine by following instructions in a wizard.
The following table describes the new and enhanced features in Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
Server deployment options in Windows Server Essentials include:
Windows Server Essentials Experience as a server role in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012 can be installed as a member server in a domain.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials can be installed on a physical server or as a virtual machine.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials must be the domain controller at the root of the forest and domain, and must hold all the FSMO roles.
Windows Server Essentials Experience as a server role in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012 can be installed as a member server in a domain. 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.
As part of your installation process, you can opt to install Windows Server 2012 Essentials as a virtual machine by following instructions in a wizard.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides improved client deployment options.
The following improvements and changes are made in the client deployment process for Windows Server 2012 Essentials:
The Connector can be used to connect to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials from a remote location.
The Connector can trigger automatic VPN dialing in domain-joined clients, so that customers can always be connected to Windows Server 2012 Essentials when they are working off-premises.
The Connector can be configured to connect to other servers running Windows Server 2012 Essentials without reinstallation.
The Connector performance has been improved by reducing its memory and CPU usage.
Users and Groups
The following functionalities are added for managing users and groups :
User groups management
Office 365 distribution groups management
You can create user groups and add user accounts to them. User account permissions can be managed through
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