Configuring Microsoft Azure Online Backup on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sabir Chandwale and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] Microsoft Azure Backup is a cloud-based backup solution that enables online backup and restore of important data to help protect against loss and corruption. This feature can be comfortably integrated to the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. Here are some… Read more

Windows Server Essentials 2012/2012 R2 Log Files

[This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane from Commercial Technical Support] This post will reduce your efforts to identify which log to refer to and where to find it. This can be very useful when you are troubleshooting issues on an Essentials server. We have compiled a list of important logs and their… Read more

Announcing the availability of enabling Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials’ integration of Microsoft online services in environments with multiple domain controllers

In Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2, all of our online services integration features, including Azure Active Directory and Office 365, are supported only in environments that have a single domain controller. In environments with more than one domain controller, integration of these services is blocked due limitations in the user account and password synchronization mechanism… Read more

How to enable verbose logging for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] This post explains how to increase the logging level for the individual components of Server Essentials role for troubleshooting purposes. In order to accomplish this, we need to modify the Logging.config file. This file can be located at C:\Program… Read more

Troubleshooting Common VPN issues on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sabir Chandwale, Harshal Charde, Ajay Sarkaria and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In our previous post, we covered steps involved in configuring VPN on Windows Server Essentials. In this post, we will cover common problems that could result in failure of VPN functionality in your Windows Server… Read more

Configuring Health Report in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Harshal Charde, Kriti Thakral and Sandeep Biswas from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss about configuring Health Report email notification using O365 in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. The Health Report for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials provides you with consolidated information about the Windows… Read more

Understanding VPN configuration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Md. Sabir Chandwale and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss about Virtual Private Network feature on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Virtual Private Network can be straightforwardly installed and configured on a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials by running the Set up… Read more

Configuring and Customizing Remote Web Access on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Maanavi Bisaria and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] We will cover the following aspects of Remote Web Access (RWA) on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in this blog: Configuring Remote Web Access Customizing Remote Web Access Configuring Remote Web Access To configure RWA, open the HOME tab… Read more

Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in an Existing Active Directory Environment

[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in an existing Active Directory domain. Some key points to keep in mind in this scenario are: The Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials once deployed, must be the domain controller… Read more

Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an Existing Active Directory Environment

[This post comes to us courtesy of Sandeep Biswas and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] In this post we will discuss deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an existing Active Directory environment. There are certain facts that we must be cognizant… Read more