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Windows 8 lets me create user accounts simply by the email address of a Microsoft account (aka Windows Live account). Is there someway to activate such a facility in the Windows Server 2012 SKU?

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There is not a way to add Windows Live accounts to Server 2012.

You can add some of the client features via the Desktop Experience sub-feature under User Interfaces and Infrastructure, but Windows Live authentication is not part of that feature set.

Are you looking at running the server OS as a client machine?

UPDATE: If you are looking to have some sort of shared management structure, you may want to look at creating a domain and associating the domain accounts used on your Windows 8 boxes with a Live ID (to get all the settings synchronization that provides). Then you can assign perms via the domain.

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  • I can't speak for the OP, but personally I have an instance of Server 2012 running at home, and would like to set up file-shares and limit the permissions based on Microsoft Live user accounts. Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 22:05
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    @BTownTKD I updated my answer with an option for that, but you can't (in any way I've found) grant rights directly to a live id from Windows Server. Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 23:27

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