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  • Blog Post: How to enable verbose logging for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Essentials

    [This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] This post explains how to increase the logging level for the individual components of Server Essentials role for troubleshooting purposes. In order to accomplish this, we need to modify the Logging...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading Windows 8 clients to Windows 8.1 in Windows Server 2012 Essentials Environment

    [This post comes to us courtesy of Manish Kapoor from Commercial Technical Support] If you have a Windows 8 client connected to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials using the Windows Server Essentials Connector and you upgrade it to Windows 8.1, you may experience the following issues after...
  • Blog Post: Health Report for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao from Windows Server Essentials team] Hi my name is Yang Cao, program manager on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials team. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new add-in we released for Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials known as Health Report...
  • Blog Post: Managing File History in Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao from Sustained Engineering] One of the key values Windows Server 2012 Essentials offers is network-based computer backup. With client computer backup (a centralized, image-based backup), in the event of data loss, you can restore individual files...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with the Dashboard in Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Mike Chen from Windows Server Essentials team] “One of the greatest challenges for small businesses from the IT perspective has been that they can’t afford a dedicated IT pro to set up, deploy, and administer their IT environment; however, they leverage IT infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup 3 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials Available Now

    The Update Rollup 3 for Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been released and is now available for download from Microsoft Update. You can read about the issues this rollup update addresses in Microsoft Support Knowledgebase 2862551 . The client-side package for this update rollup is downloaded to the...
  • Blog Post: Storage Spaces and Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Hi this is Yang Cao again, program manager on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials team. Today’s topic is about one of my favorite features in Windows Server 2012, Storage Spaces. If you Bing “Storage Spaces + Windows Server 2012” you’ll get over 400 million results (you’ll get even more results if you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Health Report Add-in and Management Pack are released!

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ning Kuang from Sustained Engineering] We are excited to announce the RTM release of Health Report Add-in and Management Pack for Windows Server 2012 Essentials! Health Report Add-In for Windows Server 2012 Essentials : Download Link Here Health Report covers the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Small Business Server Essentials becomes Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy David Fabritius from Windows Server Marketing] Hi everyone, I'm writing today about a significant milestone for Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS). With the new Windows Server 2012 line up, Windows Small Business Server Essentials has been renamed Windows...
  • Blog Post: Running DHCP Server on Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Microsoft Commercial Technical Support] Windows Server 2012 Essentials is enabled to run on a network with the DHCP Server service running on the router. This blog post describes the method to configure DHCP Role on the Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials feature list

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy Joe Nalewabau from Windows Server Essentials Team ] Now that the beta for Windows Server 2012 Essentials (Essentials 2012) has been released, many customers and partners have asked for a “feature list” for Essentials 2012. I’ve taken the major features for Essentials...
  • Blog Post: Download the beta release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials today!

    Hi, I'm Joe Nalewabau, Group Program Manager on the Windows Server Essentials team, and today I'm excited to introduce the beta for Windows Server 2012 Essentials (Essentials 2012). We announced the beta on the Windows Server blog and in that post I explained some of the engineering principles we...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup KB2855336 released for Windows Server 2012

    Products which belong to Essentials and Small Business Server family might crash if virtualized on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host in the event that the host crashes or loses power. The active directory instance may become corrupted and might result in blue screen/bug check with error: c00002e2 Directory...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials with more than 25 users

    [Today's post comes to us courtesy David Fabritius from Windows Server Marketing] Windows Server 2012 Essentials is primarily designed as a first server solution for small businesses that need support for up to 25 user accounts and up to 50 devices. But even beyond the first server scenario, Essentials...
  • Blog Post: Web Services and Extensibility for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Hi, I’m Mike Chen, program manager for the Windows Server Essentials team, and today I would like to share with you the extensibility story for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I’ll start with an overview of the extensibility points across Dashboard, Launchpad, Remote Web Access, and Health Monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Email Options Supported by Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Rong Yu from Windows Server Essentials Team] As Joe mentioned in a previous blog post , one of the key capabilities of Windows Server 2012 Essentials (Essentials) is the flexibility of choosing different types of email services. Essentials provides built-in support...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Deployment

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Clinton Ho from Windows Server Essentials Team] Hi, my name is Clinton Ho, Senior Program Manager on the Windows Server Essentials team. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Windows Server 2012 Essentials deployment. You can deploy Windows Server 2012 Essentials on...
  • Blog Post: My Server Windows App for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Hi, my name is Clinton Ho, lead program manager on the Windows Server Essentials team. I’m proud to announce the availability of the My Server Windows app , available as a free download in the Windows Store. Similar to the My Server Windows Phone app, My Server Windows app is designed to help keep you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Essentials available now

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Joe Nalewabau from Windows Server Essentials Team] Great news! We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials: the Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation . If you haven’t started...
  • Blog Post: My Server phone app for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Hi, I am Chungang Liu, working as a program manager with Windows Server 2012 Essentials team. In this post, I would like to show you how My Server app for windows phone is designed and how it can be used to boost the efficiency of managing and accessing your servers. The My Server phone app is designed...
  • Blog Post: Migrating to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Rong Yu from Windows Server Essentials Team] Hi my name is Rong Yu, program manager on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials team. Today, I’d like to give an overview of how to migrate to Windows Server 2012 Essentials from another server. One common scenario for migration...
  • Blog Post: Connection to Office 365 Account may Fail or Timeout When You Try to Connect from Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard

    When you try to connect to Office 365 from the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard, the connection may fail or timeout. Here is how the Office 365 tab shows up: It will eventually time out without showing up the Exchange Online Mailbox information: Here is how the user properties show up on the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Essentials Integration Module for Windows Azure Backup is Now Available

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao and Ashish Sukhija] Hello everyone, we would like to update you on an Add-In software that is now available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. We have updated the Windows Server Essentials integration module for Windows Azure Backup and is now...
  • Blog Post: Add-On Software Now Available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Duncan Chalmers, release manager for Windows Server Essentials] Hello everyone. I’d like to update you on three additional add-on software that are now available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. We have added the Health Report add-in, made available the System...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials Localization Release

    [Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Duncan Chalmers from Windows Server Essentials Team] What an exciting time for Windows Server! We are pleased to announce an addition to the beta for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Today we are releasing the following additional pre-release languages and kits: Windows...