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Preview version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials comes with new nag feature

Mark Hachman | July 5, 2013
A preview version of Windows Server 2012 R2 is now out, complete with a nag feature aimed at administrators.

Microsoft also said it will continue to tweak its My Server Apps capability, adding support for SharePoint Online, and has shifted its Remote Web Access capability from Silverlight to HTML5, updating it for touch as well.

Perhaps surprisingly, customers who purchased the Standard or Datacenter edition of Windows Server have also wondered why they coudn't take advantage of the new Essentials capabilities. So Microsoft created a "Windows Server Essentials Experience" server role, which enables all the features and dependent services and roles of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials edition without any locks or restrictions.

Microsoft didn't say anything about beefing up the capabilities of Windows Home Server, a product that was rolled into the Server Essentials product after years of tepid customer adoption.


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