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Installing Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Part 3

[box type=”note” style=”rounded”]Over the next few weeks, in a series of guest posts, Michael C. Bazarewsky will be walking us through the installation and setup of  Microsoft’s all-new Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Over to Mike![/box]

In two previous posts, I talked about the installation process for Windows Essentials Server 2012 Beta and some of the configuration process. In this post, I am going to show the same lab environment, configuring a pair of clients – a Windows 7 client and a Windows Server 2008 R2 server.

The Windows 7 Client

I started with the Windows 7 Client. When I set up the server, it configured a local IIS installation with three web sites:

 

 

The default, primary web site includes a virtual directory for connecting to the server, like the earlier product incarnations. I was able to connect to it from the Windows 7 client:

 

 

I clicked the Download link, and that gave me an EXE to run. Notice underneath the very large Windows link is a much smaller Mac link. I don’t have the ability to test this now (primarily because I can’t easily run an OS X VM), but at some point I hope to be at the office where a Mac Mini sits somewhat abandoned.

Moving on, I received the expected UAC prompt:

 

 

Notice it shows as “Downloaded from the Internet”. Out of curiosity, I clicked No, then enabled Intranet settings as I had be prompted to by Internet Explorer:

 

 

Then, I emptied the IE cache (to make sure the client really re-downloaded the connector), then clicked the Download link again. This time, UAC shows it as a local file:

 

 

I admit I had never tried this before, so I didn’t really know what to expect; this is somewhat interesting I think. Continuing, the Connector searched for the server:

 

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • Enjoying the series and looking forward to Part 4

  • Dan

    yes me too, I’d really like to know more about the backup features, and how this compares to WHS 2011, for the home user.

  • Lars-Erik

    Any news about Part 4? Just getting to the good bits now. 🙂

  • tfitzy

    part 4 coming soon? Trying to decide between W8 or WSE2012

  • Nice BLOG/REVIEW thingie you had going..
    1 question..
    do you maybe know a way to configure client backup to do a WEEKLY ONLY backup ? not every day ?

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