Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials - Windows
- Publisher: Microsoft
- SKU: 2978454
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Packed with easy-to-follow installation wizards, this software makes it simple to begin doing business with the power of Server 2012 R2 Essentials backing you up. A variety of features are designed to protect your data, such as the Storage Spaces feature, the Windows Azure backup service and more. Connect to, search across and access files and folders on the server from client locations, on business trips, from your home and more with secure remote access. Set up your business's Virtual Private Network, which clients can remotely join without having to visit the office, and divvy up the applications between those that are Cloud-run and those that run on-premises. Ensure your systems are running smoothly with scheduled health reports that alert you to issues related to computer backups, server storage, low disk space and more. With a simple-to-understand Dashboard, you can easily perform all the maintenance and management tasks that control how your server behaves on the network from one place. All of these tools and more bring your small business into the next sphere of IT management, so you can operate on a sophisticated technological level that will serve your business well.
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- Publisher: Microsoft
- Release Date: 01/14/2014
- Color Category: Green
- Model Number: G3S-00716
- Product Name: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Operate your small business at the technical level of larger organizations with a manageable IT infrastructure and reduced complexities
Access cross-premise functionality with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access and identity management services, as well as optional off-premise services
Protect your data with the Storage Spaces feature, the complete system backups and bare-metal restores of the server, the Windows Azure backup service and central management and configuration of the new File History features of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Experience the convenience of secure remote access to applications and data from virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection, so you can connect to, search across and access files and folders on the server
Set up VPN (Virtual Private Networking) with a painless wizard-driven process of just a few clicks and enjoy simplified management of VPN access — clients can remotely join the Essentials environment through VPN without the need to come in
Choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the Cloud, whether you choose to run an on-premises copy of Exchange Server, subscribe to a hosted Exchange service or subscribe to Office 365
Stay informed on the health status related to issues or problems with computer backups, server storage, low disk space and more from health reports that can be automatically generated on a scheduled basis and sent to local administrators
Add capabilities and features to the core product of Server 2012 R2 Essentials with a new set of Web Services APIs
Utilize the existing SDK (Software Development Kit) and add-ins created for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials with maintained compatibility
Perform all the maintenance and management tasks to control how your server behaves on the network, including who can access it, what information can be stored and retrieved and how it is organized, protected and made available from the Dashboard
Take advantage of a variety of deployment scenarios with the Windows Server Essentials Experience with expanded product licensing terms that enable you to run Hyper-V and run Essentials as a virtual machine with easy-to-follow installation wizards
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very satisfying softwareNovember 26, 2016
this software does the trick, it helped me to get my server running smoothly. it helped me speed up my network of 30 PC's and its not crashing anymore.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent upgrade from Windows Home Server 2011November 18, 2016
I started with the original Windows Home Server, then upgraded to Windows Home Server 2011 (Vail) after it was released. I had intended to stick with WHS2011 when I upgraded my server but found it only supports 1 CPU socket and 8GB of memory, much less than my upgraded server had. Server 2012 Essentials is a worthy upgrade to Windows Home Server 2011. It not only supports both CPU sockets in my new server, it also supports all of its RAM as well. The Dashboard interface is improved from WHS2011 but not too different as to make it difficult to navigate. Storage Spaces is the replacement for the original WHS Drive Extender and is supposed to be a lot better, but I'm not using it yet as I just migrated my Drive Bender pool in to the new server. A few things to note: 1. Setting up WHS2011 you'll be setting up a domain. There are kludges around this, but I decided to do it since domain gives you more features like folder redirection (essentially cloud-like folder mirroring across machines). 2. I had trouble connecting to the server via the Connector at first, and after some searching found I needed to add the server's IP as a DNS server for my clients. Since it's a domain controller it wants to control everything. ;-) 3. Since it's a domain you'll end up with a new user profile on your client machines. It won't necessarily transfer preferences and such to the new account, so be prepared to manually migrate settings and such depending on which OS you're using. If you have access to a Windows 7 machine, the Migration Wizard will still work on Windows 10 if you copy it over from a Windows 7 machine. The Windows 8 Easy Transfer tool will probably also work as well.
I would recommend this to a friend
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