What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?

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What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?

Name What’s New Description
Server Deployment You have various server deployment options with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview. 

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview can be installed as a member server in a domain.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview can be installed either on a physical server or as a virtual machine, depending on the OEM’s configuration.

 

  • You can now have more than one server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview in your network.
  • As a part of your installation process, you can now opt to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview as a virtual machine using a wizard.
Client Deployment Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview provides improved client deployment options. The following improvements and changes are made in the client deployment process for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview: 

  • The Connector can be used to connect to server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview from a remote location.
  • The Connector can trigger auto-VPN dialing in domain-joined clients, so that customers can always be connected to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview when working off premise.
  • The Connector can be configured to connect to other server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview without reinstallation.
  • The Connector performance has been improved significantly by reducing its memory and CPU usage.

 

Users and Groups The following functionalities are new in users and groups management: 

  • User groups management
  • Office 365 distribution groups management
  • You can now create user groups and add user accounts to them. User account permissions can be managed through their user group memberships.
  • If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can manage your Office 365 distribution groups from the dashboard.
Server Storage The following functionalities are new in Server Storage: 

  • Folder management on a second server in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview network.
  • Server Folder quota.
  • You can create shared folders on a secondary server while keeping the same Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path prefix.
  • You can specify a space quota for a Server Folder. You receive an alert, when a Server Folder size grows beyond its defined quota.
Data Protection Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview includes improved File History. File History backups are configured per user instead of per device. Also, you can automatically restore your data through File History backups on a new computer, if your old computer is no longer functional or is unavailable.The first time you log on to your new computer in the network, you are prompted to restore your files from your File History backups.
Health Reports Health Reports is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview and no longer needs to be installed as an add-in. The Home page includes the Alerts and Reports tabs. Depending on your business needs, you can customize the system health reports to display items that you prefer to monitor.
BranchCache BranchCache is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview. You can turn on BranchCache to improve data access if the server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview is located offsite. For more information on BranchCache, see BranchCahce Overview.
Office 365 Integration The following functionalities are new in Office 365 integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview: 

  • SharePoint Libraries management
  • Office 365 Distribution groups management
If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can: 

  • manage your Office 365 SharePoint Libraries from the dashboard.
  • manage your Office 365 distribution groups from the dashboard.
Mobile Devices Mobile Devices management can be done through the dashboard. If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can manage your mobile devices using the Exchange Active Sync functionalities, such as define email access from a mobile device, set up password policies, and remote wipe of the mobile device.
Client Full System Restore Client Full System Restore is supported by Windows Deployment Services. You can create client restore service using the Set up Client Restore Service task and perform client full system restore over the network instead of using an image saved on a DVD.
Remote Web Access Remote Web Access experience is updated. Remote Web Access is optimized for touch devices and enhanced with rich HTML5 support.

 

 

 

 

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