Server Essentials 2012 R2 – Connector and RDP

I’ve written a few posts about Server 2012 R2 Essentials and I’ve made it pretty clear that I am a “fan”.  For small shops it’s a pretty sweet deal as it makes it very easy to manage your systems. One…

A great Server/Cloud combo for small business

I’ve written in the past about Server 2012 R2 Essentials in combination with Office 365 and I’d like to circle back again and revisit the value statement for the combination. But, first, let me do a quickie Windows Server licensing…

Remote Web Access vs Remote Desktop Server

I had a customer ask me about this the other day and I thought it might be useful to have a quick discussion about the differences between these two desktop access technologies. While we are all rushing to embrace the…

Office365 and Server 2012/R2 Essentials–worthy successor to SBS

If you’ve read this blog over the past year or so you’ll know I have bitched like many others about the “demise” of our beloved SBS.  You’ll also know that I have been getting fairly excited about O365 and Server…

A few things to avoid if you are installing Server 2012 Essentials R2

Most companies that purchase a Server 2012 Essentials R2 server will receive the unit preloaded.  However, if you are loading the server yourself there are a few things you need to watch out for in order to make your life…

Macintosh and Server 2012 Essentials–in photos

The following is a bunch of screenshots taken on my iPhone to show the sequence of events of “connecting” a Mac to a Server 2012 Essentials server. Apologies for crap photo quality.   This is from the “Connect” landing page…

Server 2012 Essentials–a quick “ what’s up with that”

I’ve built a quick 2012 Essentials lab machine on my HyperV host at home. The intent is to figure out the bits and pieces that are new or unique to 2012 Essentials so that we have an idea how to…