Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials

  • Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials - Step by Step is our comprehensive guide to Microsoft's ideal "first server" platform. Written specifically for home and small business owners new to servers, or those migrating from Microsoft's Windows Home Server, Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides easy to follow steps for installing, configuring and extending Windows Server 2012 Essentials - at home or at the office!

    Fully illustrated with hundreds of colour screenshots, this 586 page eBook (available to download in PDF, Mobi (for Kindle) and ePub formats) is designed to provide a friendly deep dive into the features and workings of Microsoft's server platform - no IT degree required! Author and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Jim Clark walks you through first steps with your server - from the computer hardware you'll need to host Windows Server 2012 Essentials, through installing the software, configuring user accounts and security settings, connecting client PCs, mobile devices and Apple Macs.

    We take a look at backing up and restoring your vital data, sharing files and folders across multiple users and devices, accessing the server remotely via the web or VPN, streaming music, video and photos and a whole lot more. The eBook wraps up with a high level guide to additional software you could consider installing to extend the Windows Server 2012 platform as well as an introduction to advanced server management tools and features. 

    Whether you're considering the use of a server at home or for your small business, thinking of moving from a Network Attached Storage device or back-up hard drive to a more powerful option, or simply whether you just want to find out more, Using Windows Server 2012 Essentials - Step by Step has been written to answer all of your questions - by non-IT geeks, for non-IT geeks!

  • Chapter List

    1. Introduction
    2. Installation Requirements
    3. Install Windows Server 2012 Essentials
    4. Use the Dashboard to Configure and Customize Windows Server 2012 Essentials
    5. Add Client PCs to the Server Network
    6. Connect Additional Client Computers to the Server Network
    7. The Launchpad
    8. A Trip Around the Dashboard
    9. Managing Users and Accounts
    10. Managing Computers and Group Policy in the Dashboard
    11. Managing Hard Drives, Storage and Storage Spaces
    12. Extending Windows Server 2012 Essentials With Add-ins
    13. Remote Access
    14. Protecting and Restoring Your Data
    15. An Introduction to Advanced Server Management
    16. What Happens Next?
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