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Adding new users to a Windows Server 2012 Essentials network is as easy as clicking a button and filling in a form. If you've set up directory federation with a cloud service like Office 365, the process will also automatically provision email and collaboration services.
Setting up directory federation with Office 365 can be complex, but Essentials simplifies the process, giving you a wizard that sets up the connection and configures domain names appropriately.
Storage Spaces give Windows Server 2012 Essentials a simple-to-setup resilient file system, using the Windows 8 wizard rather than the more complex tools that ship with the full Windows Server.