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Questions tagged [essentials-2012-r2]

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server = SBS) is an integrated server suite from Microsoft. It is designed to run network infrastructures (for small and midsize businesses) having no more than 25 users or 50 devices. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is currently the latest version of Windows Server Essentials.

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Uninstall SharePoint during decomission of SBS2011?

I've read that you should uninstall Exchange from SBS2011 when you're going to decommission the server to remove some unnecessary objects from AD, which would be problematic if left around when ...
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Unable To RDP To VM Host On External Network

Weird problem here that occurs on all servers i roll out for clients. I am unable to RDP to the VM host using Windows RDP, teamviewer, tight VNC, etc. Just hangs on "initiating remote connection" ...
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Start (spare) stand alone Windows 2012 R2 Essentials after long offline period

A stand alone windows 2012 R2 essentials server was used to control a technical installation. Essentials was used (afaik) because of license reasons. The server is its own domain controller (and is an ...
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My company has outgrown SBS/Essentials. How do I migrate off?

My company is running SBS2008/SBS2011/Essentials, but it has grown to the point where this no longer meets our needs (We have too many employees!) and/or the software is going out of extended support. ...
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Adding 2012 R2 Server to existing Essentials 2012 R2 Domain

I've been running a Server Essentials 2012 R2 single server for 2 years, it's been reliable so far. Our business is beginning to outgrow, and I have recently added a second production server running ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Restore fails to Mount

I'm setting up Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials for the first time. I'm able to backup a test client which runs Windows 7 Ultimate. All available Microsoft Updates have been applied to both client ...
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Disks added to storage spaces are not picked up by virtual disk created by powershell

A time ago i had to configure a W2012 R2 essentials server with storage spaces and 2 virtual disks. As the real disk count and the disks itself where not final at that time, i had to resort to the ...
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Logical Drive 1 Fatal Error System Logs

When a Client Backup starts on my 2012 Server Essentials, it fails and I receive the following error in my System log: Logical drive 1 of array controller B120i [Embedded] returned a fatal error ...
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Server 2012 Essential Disconnected From Domain Controller(itself)

Running a Health Report on my 2012 Essentials server reports a critical error of: After the password change, the server running Windows Server Essentials has not received a heartbeat from the ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: How do I get the Connect wizard to work on Windows 10?

I'm setting up some brand new Dell laptops that have come with Windows 10 Pro preinstalled. I need to connect them to a server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. From what I can make ...
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Installing a Win Srv 2012 R2 Essentials in a Hyper-V VM onto a Win Srv 2012 R2 Essentials host

My task is to install a Win Srv 2012 R2 Essentials instance in a Hyper-V VM onto a Win Srv 2012 R2 Essentials host. I added an external virtual switch, and the VM connects to that. The host computer ...
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Can other Windows Servers be in the same AD domain with a Windows Essentials server?

I understand that Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 must be deployed as a the only domain controller in an environment. It cannot simply be used as domain-joined Windows Server running SQL or ...
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Can i have 2 windows server 2012R2 essentials on same network ? one acting as a pdc and the other one as a bdc

I'm about to install a windows server 2012R2 essentials as our main server. I'm worried that if it crashes later in time that I will not have another server being able to authenticate users on the ...
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EFI Error after Windows Server Volume Restore

We had an epic failure of our Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server. We are running a Western Digital Sentinel 5100, and the RAID controller somehow wiped every disk (yay!). We are trying to ...
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Server 2012 Essentials not seeing PC after upgrade to Windows 10

I have Server 2012 Essentials R2 configured with a regular old domain, and several Windows 8.1 machines joined to this domain. I created a Windows 10 install USB using the Windows 10 Media Creation ...
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Can a cfg.ini answer file be used during set up of Windows Server 2012 “R2” Essentials

Apparently the information in the this link "ONLY" pertains to NON-R2. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2830511 Can "R2" use a cfg.ini answer file in this way? Or does "R2" use a .xml file ...
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When my Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is down, clients can't go on the internet. Is there a way that they could? [closed]

We have a Windows Server 2003 server. We will install a new Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials soon. Right now when the server is down, clients can't go on the internet. Is there a way, for the new ...
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Network folder marked offline and will not go back online when accesssed by hostname

I've got a Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 domain with a few PCs. One PC is currently connected remotely by VPN. There were some connection issues before, which have since been resolved, but now ...
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Is it possible to Migrate from Windows Server 2003 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

I've done a bunch of searching and can't find a definitive answer to whether it's possible to migrate from an existing Windows Server 2003 R2 (standard edition) domain controller, to a Windows Server ...
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Essentials Role on Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 - cannot open dashboard on the client

I have a small business network with an existing Server 2008 R2 domain controller. In order to backup all the client machines with an experience something like windows home server I recently ...
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How to configure Windows Hyper-V server with Windows Storage Spaces

I creating a Hyper-V home setup. I have a single Machine (haswell CPU, 16GB ram, and SSD) Storage is attached as DAS (5 Disk USB 3.0 enclosure) I want that machine to be a Hyper-V host (Windows Std. ...
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Accessing backup before folder reddirection in Windows server 2012R2

We have Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials in a small office. Having stubborn and uneducated users who refuse to place their files anywhere else but on their desktops I've decided to look into folder ...
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Remote user cannot login to computer - There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request

So i am having an issue very similar to the issue described On this post A laptop user in the company was joined into the domain and was able to work both locally (with the network cable plugged in) ...
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What is Server 2012 Essentials and how is it different from Server 2012?

In response to the recent trend of asking about features in Windows Server Essentials 2012/R2, as if they were part of the "normal" Server 2012/R2 editions (Standard or Datacenter), It seems like we ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2: Client computers not showing in server dashboard

We deployed a new Server 2012 Essentials and joined a client computer to the domain using CCW. This PC initially showed up in the Essentials Dashboard. Later we joined a few more PCs to the domain ...
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DirectAccess & VPN on Windows Server 2012 Essentials

This is supposed to be very simple - deploy WS2012E on server, install the DirectAccess and VPN role and that should be about it. But it seems that its not, tried this method with no success, Not ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Upgrade

I have a Windows Server 2012 Essentials installation that has RAID attached storage for all of its shared storage. I'd like to wipe the current install and replace it with Server Essentials 2012 R2. ...
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Can't upgrade Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

So today was RTM of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials released. I immediately tried to do an in-place upgrade of an existing RTM 2012 Essentials to RTM 2012 R2 Essentials, but get: Windows Server ...