Category: WS2012e


Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.2968 BETA

The beta release of StableBit Scanner for WHS2011, WS2012 Essentials and WS2012 R2 Essentials has been updated. Version BETA has the following change log: Added "Notification Templates" directory under the service Program Files directory Added an option to automatically propagate a site name to all copies of the StableBit Scanner running on the LAN, […]


Services Integration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog has a 2 part article giving an overview of services integration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Part 1 takes a look at Windows Azure Active Directory integration, as well as the major day-to-day management tasks associated with it, whilst part 2 looks at SharePoint Online […]


Add-In: Advanced Admin Console 2011 v1.5.3

The Advanced Admin Console 2011 Add-in  has had an update which fixes 1 issue and adds support for WS2012e R2. Maintenance release version 1.5.3 has the following change log: FIXED: The Dashboard crashed when the Explorer tab home location was set to a folder that no longer existed. ADDED: Compatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2 […]


WS2012 Essentials DNS Fix after UR3 is Installed

After installing Update Rollup 3 (UR3) for WS2012 Essentials you may have to clean up DNS on your remote machines. Thankfully Microsoft have issued a fix and Paul Braren from TinkerTryIT explains the procedure: After installing UR3…If you have to reboot or take down your Window Server 2012 Essentials system, your remote systems will be […]


Windows Server Essentials Media Pack Released

Microsoft have released the Windows Server Essentials Media Pack. This pack enables the media streaming functionality for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter. This functionality was available before the R2 release from within the program, and […]


Installing WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Tom on Tech has published a how-to on installing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Tom has available a 22 page PDF on how to accomplish this, which you can find here. P.S. To configure your client workstations to connect to WSUS, it is highly recommended to use Group Policy. […]


WS2012 R2 Essentials 180 Day Trial Available

If you would like to try out Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, then a 180 day trial has become available at the TechNet Evaluation Center. This is a great way for you to test this latest version of WS2012 Essentials for 6 months and if you decide to purchase there is no need to reinstall […]


The WS Sentinel DS5100 / DS6100

The Sentinel DS5100/DS6100 are 2 new offerings from WD. Similar too the WD Sentinel DX4000 these 2 new offerings come with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials instead of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. A Intel Xeon processor with RAID JBOD, 0, 1, 5 or 10. The WD Sentinel DS5100 is available in 4TB ($2,560) […]


Update Rollup 3 for Essentials 2012 Released

Update Rollup 3 for Server Essentials 2012 has been released. UR 3 includes new solutions to skip DNS auto-detect and configuration on the client, contains new Best Practice Analyzer (BPA) rules and introduces a new Branding name for the Windows Azure Backup integration add-in. The following 12 issues are resolved with this release: Windows Server […]


Windows Server Essentials Connector for WS2012 R2

A few people have asked me where they can download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is an easy one. Just head on over here to the Microsoft Download Center where you will find the download.