Implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Edition

This course introduces you to the world of Microsoft Server 2012 R2 features that are designed to help small businesses take advantage of technologies that enterprise level servers have been providing for years. You, as a small business owner, or small business IT manager or consultant, will learn how to utilize the Essentials services and roles to help modernize your office environment.
Course info
Rating
(67)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 19, 2014
Duration
3h 42m
Table of contents
What Is Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?
Planning Your Installation and Licensing Issues
Installing and/or Migrating
Cloud Integration and Using Add-Ins
User and Computer Management
Exploring the LaunchPad Experience for Users
Server Management and Monitoring
Description
Course info
Rating
(67)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 19, 2014
Duration
3h 42m
Description

As a small business owner or IT professional for a medium size company, managing your own IT issues can be overwhelming. You need to make sure that your information is secure yet accessible. As a business owner, hiring an IT professional may not be within your budget. As an IT professional, you might not have the skill set to implement new technologies. So instead, you decide to use Microsoft's newest server platform. This course is designed to ease your transition from standalone desktops to a real network infrastructure that grows with you and your company easily and reliably.

About the author
About the author

Dale Meredith received his Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified EC-Counsel Instructor certifications back in 2006, as well as being a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1998 (yes we had computers back then). Dale takes great pride in helping students comprehend and simplify complex IT concepts.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Installing and/or Migrating
Hi. Welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Dale Meredith and you're watching implementing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. This module we're actually going to take you into the installation and/or migrating into the Essentials environment. So we'll first start off by showing you an installation of Essentials as a server platform, meaning that you've purchased your software and your hardware, you put your CD in and were going to install it from scratch. Then we'll show you how to install Essentials as a role, meaning you've already installed the operating system, that being Server 2012 R2, either the Standard Edition or the Datacenter Edition, and you would just like to take advantage of those cool wizards we've been talking about. Then we'll look at some post installation tasks. Regardless of which way you install it, either as a role or as a server, we'll show you some of the best practices and things that you need to make sure that you've implemented as you've deployed. So let's get going. So our first demo we're going to go through and show you how to install this as a server. As a server, I'm going to make some assumptions here that you've got a bare-metal box, meaning you've got all your hardware put together, but no operating system. We're going to use our DVD to actually do the installation and we're going to take you through step by step. So let's take a look.

Exploring the LaunchPad Experience for Users
Okay, in this module we're going to go through and take a look at Exploring the Launchpad Experience for the Users. Now after we join a computer to our Essentials environment, the users are presented, or they have access I should say, to a new Launchpad. This Launchpad gives them the ability to do some backups if they need to back up their files, it also allows them to go through and gain access via Remote Web Access, it also has a link in there for us for our shared folders, and of course if we're an administrator we'll have access to the Dashboard. So let's go take a look at how this is actually viewed by the end user.

Server Management and Monitoring
In this module we're going to go through and take a look at Server Management and also how to monitor the server. So we'll go through and take a look at actually how to look at the health of our Essentials server, making sure that it's running at peak performance. We'll also take a look at managing the server storage using some really cool techniques and features, or technologies I should say, including a brand new one that's called Storage Spaces, which is really cool, it's the equivalent, for those of you guys that are geeky enough, it's the equivalent of like a software-based SAN. And we'll also take a look at the backup and restore operations, not just doing the backups in Azure Backup, but actually how do we restore files. And of course, how to organize our company data, and as well as looking at some advanced features of our Shared Folders. So let's jump in and take a look around here.