Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Screenshots

Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Screenshots

Summary: Microsoft has done a lot to simplify the server experience in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which mixes both business and consumer features.


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  • Lock screen

    The Windows Server 2012 Essentials lock screen is Metro all the way, with clear typography and easy-to-see system notifications.

  • Dashboard

    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.

  • Media server

    Fancy an office playlist, or want to use Windows Server 2012 Essentials as a home server? There's a built-in media server to stream stored media to PCs or over the web.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Reviews, Servers

Simon Bisson

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Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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  • Incredible

    Given that the storage mechanism for WHS was crap and that loyal users were subsequently deserted when it falied (just like Vista Ultimate users) ... whoever in MSFT thinks people will now port their stuff to a product costing 4 times as much ... needs treatment.

    Can anyone even begin to explain the rationale behind this product from a prosumer or PC enthusiast's point of view?
    • Decency

      If MSFT had any sense of decency then they would offer a $40 upgrade from WHS2011 to WSE2012.
      Fat chance!
    • We don't know what it will cost yet...

      Pricing for WS2012E is still unknown...
      • WSE 2012 Pricing

        MS already confirm that WSE 2012 cost is $425.00
        • Missed that!

          Thanks for the correction.