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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 R2 can be installed as a member server in a domain.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials can be installed on a physical server or as a virtual machine.
Windows Server 2012 R2 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 R2 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 R2 Essentials as a virtual machine by following instructions in a wizard.
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:
The Connector can be used to connect to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 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 R2 Essentials when they are working off-premises.
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.
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 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
Server folder quota
You can create shared folders on a secondary server while keeping the same Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path prefix.
You can specify a space quota for a server folder. You receive an alert when a server folder size grows beyond its defined quota.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials includes improved File History.
File History backups are configured per user instead of per device. Also, you can automatically restore your data through File History backups on a new computer if your old computer is no longer functional or is unavailable.The first time you log on to your new computer in the network, you are prompted to restore your files from your File History backups.
Health Reports is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, and it no longer needs to be installed as an add-in.
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.
BranchCache is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
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 in Windows Server Essentials.
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
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I thought when I bought this version of windows allowed for Remote Desktop.
Maybe it does but it was not readily available for me to use or configure. I went online for help and many people in the Microsoft community platform are saying the same thing.
If you can do Remote Desktop with Server 2012 R2 Essentials, I wish someone would tell me.
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