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Topic # 131065 7-Oct-2013 19:07
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I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 installed on a HP Microserver at home. I wondered about installing the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Experience role, mainly for the features related to remote file access.

I understand I can deploy the role on a Workgroup server, but from reading here I have the impression installing Windows Server 2012 Essentials Experience role will also install AD in my server?

Is that right? Any comments or experience from someone who's done that?

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  Reply # 909485 7-Oct-2013 19:24
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Yes, Essentials Experience requires itself to be a DC in an active directory domain. That said, you can use most of the features without having to join your clients to the domain, and the Essentials dashboard simplifies AD management a lot. Essentials is the 2012 rebrand of Small Business Server.

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