Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Installation Guide for Small Businesses by Nick RushtonThe 8th Edition of the Missing Guide. Updated 2017.
Also covers Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is hugely popular version of Microsofts server operating system designed for organizations with up to 25 employees. However, as with most modern applications it comes with only the most basic of instructions. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Installation Guide for Small Businesses is a succinct installation guide produced from a real world perspective and written according to the Goldilocks Principle - not too little information, not too much information, but just right. With 180 illustrations and screenshots, practical examples and clear explanations it takes you through setting up Essentials in a typical small business. Whether you are installing Essentials for the first time, are planning to do so or are just plain curious, you will find this proven guide of interest. This new 8th edition adds new sections, along with other enhancements and improvements.
This book is also available for Essentials 2016.
1. Hardware and Infrastructure
1.1 File Server
1.2 Disk Drives and Storage Options
1.2.1 Single Drive System
1.2.2 Twin Disk Drives
1.2.4 Storage Spaces
1.2.5 SSD and 2 ? inch Drives
1.2.6 Storage Server Systems
1.3 Internet Connection, Hub, Router
1.4 IP Considerations
2. Installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
3. Managing Essentials – The Five Minute Tour
4. Users and Folders
4.1 Setting up Storage Spaces
4.2 Creating User Accounts
4.3 Folder Redirection
4.4 Creating Additional Folders
4.5 User Groups
5. Connecting Computers to the Server
5.1 Using the Windows Server Essentials Connector
5.2 Troubleshooting the Windows Server Essentials Connector
5.3 Adding Windows 10 Computers to the Domain
5.4 Additional Considerations When Connecting Windows 8 Clients
5.5 Connecting Computers with Unsupported Windows Operating Systems
5.6 Adding a Computer to the Domain without using the Connector
5.7 Disabling the Launchpad
5.8 Connecting Macs
5.9 Alternative Strategies for Connecting Macs
6. Backups and Restores
6.1 Configuring Backups for the Server
6.2 Recovering Files to the Server
6.3 Backing up to a Network Drive
6.4 Configuring Backups for the Computers
6.4.1 Changing the Backup Parameters
6.5 Restoring Data to a Computer
7.1 Networked Printer
7.2 Shared Printer on Server
8. Remote Access
8.1 Setting up Anywhere Access
8.2 Controlling Anywhere Access for Individual Users
8.3 Using Remote Web Access
8.4 Using the VPN (Virtual Private Network)
8.4.1 Configuring Windows 7 Clients
8.4.2 Configuring Windows 8/8.1 & Windows 10 Clients
8.4.3 Windows 10 Clients
8.5. Using Dropbox with Essentials
8.6. Using Google Drive with Essentials
9. Housekeeping and Monitoring the Health of the System
9.1 Checking the Dashboard
9.2 Generating a Report
9.3 Customizing the Health Report
9.4 Setting up a Scheduled, Emailed Report
9.5 Optimizing the Hard Drives
9.6 Applying Windows Updates to the Server
9.7 Shutting Down and Restarting the Server
9.8 Task Manager and Resource Monitor
10. Working with iPads and Other Devices
10.1 Accessing the Server using File Browser
10.2 Using Dropbox and Google Drive
10.3 My Server App for Windows Phone
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: A Better Solution than you Thought (Part 3)
It enables cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with robust on-premises solution for file and print, client backup and restore, secure remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise services supported by Microsoft. File History periodically every hour by default scans the file system for changes and creates a copy on the server. It simplifies the recovery of files, accidently deleted or overwritten, without the need for an administrator's assistance. Configured to run daily on each PC that's connected to the Essentials environment, client computer backup stores your backup data centrally on the server. This type of automatic protection enables you to restore individual files and folders, or an entire PC, as you would do when replacing a faulty hard drive or upgrading from an older hard disk drive.
Well, it looks like Microsoft has finally put out a server OS that is a worthy replacement for Windows Home Server If you'd like to read a bit more about the new WSSR2e operating system, then checkout the following links:. I've also managed to get a copy of WSSR2e running inside of a Gen 2 Virtual Machine, so if you have any questions as far as the operating system itself goes , then please feel free to ask. Paul Braren has a really nice "How to" guide that will walk you through setting things up like that:. Thus, it's just a copy of WSR2Std with a few minor locks and limitations built-in such as being limited to a single processor and a lower max amount of RAM - i. Personally, I like the fact that Microsoft has locked WSSR2e to OEMs only and at an extremely reasonable price , as doing that will stop the "race to the bottom" pricing that completely devalued Windows Home Server Now all we need is other OEMs to offer it on different hardware seeing as we all have our preferred hardware vendors.
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Devices powered by Windows Storage Server R2 Essentials enable these organizations to deploy robust, shared storage on their local networks, and to optionally integrate that local environment with cloud-based services such as Microsoft Office and Windows Azure. Users can continue to work in ways that are already familiar to them, with easy access to shared storage from virtually any location and any device, and small businesses and SOHO environments can easily take advantage of the growing set of offerings available in the cloud. These price points are certainly attractive—on par with similar, Linux-based NAS appliances solutions that deliver significantly less value. The following table provides a brief comparison of the three editions of Windows Storage Server R Ability to join a domain.