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Metro start screen
Unlike the full-blown Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials boots up into the Metro Start screen, prepopulated with tiles for the Desktop, IE — and oddly, the Windows Store.
The Windows Server 2012 Essentials lock screen is Metro all the way, with clear typography and easy-to-see system notifications.
The Dashboard is where you'll configure and manage your server and your users. A setup checklist helps you get a system ready for users, and helps ensure that a server is ready to be taken live.