Windows Server Virtual Labs for Small Business
Experience Windows Server Essentials and Windows Small Business Server firsthand in these virtual labs. You can test drive new and improved features and functionality, including management, network protection, and remote access.
It's simple. No complex setup or installation is required to try Windows Server Essentials or Windows Small Business Server running in a full-featured virtual lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module.
- Before you start, read the minimum
- Select a virtual lab from the following list.
- In the application called "holSystems LaunchPad Online," click Run to launch the lab.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Windows Server 2012 Essentials
In this lab, you will learn how to work with Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes, create a user account for a new employee, join a computer to the network, extend storage capacity, monitor the health and protect the data of the network environment by using local and cloud-based services, and remotely access the Windows Server 2012 Essentials server when away from the office.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
This lab highlights the ways in which the Getting Started tasks list on the Windows SBS 2011 Dashboard simplifies the process of finalizing server configuration and enabling important features that would otherwise require more effort and knowledge of Windows technologies. Primarily, the module walks users through initially configuring automatic updates and other Windows SBS 2011 features including updates, server backups, remote access, shared folders, and email notification.
Server Management and Monitoring
This lab shows the benefits that the Windows SBS Dashboard offers as a centralized solution for server configuration and monitoring. The module reviews server settings in the Windows SBS 2011 Dashboard, including detailed configuration settings for domain members, local storage, server backup settings, and time/location, as well as server health via warnings and alerts.
User and Client Computer Management
This lab focuses on client account creation and computer management. Two key benefits are highlighted:
- Windows SBS provides an easy and centralized way to create users and assign permissions. After users are created, administrators can easily grant remote access to the Windows SBS Dashboard and user workstations.
- The remote website provides a one-click process to join workstations to the Windows SBS domain and to automatically migrate local user profiles and data to the domain profile.
To illustrate these benefits, users create new users, join the domain, and review backup customization. This module also shows users that Windows SBS makes it easy to migrate data from local profiles to domain profiles.
This lab walks users through using the client Launchpad and the Remote Web Workplace. The Launchpad increases user productivity by providing easy access to commonly-used domain resources. The Launchpad is installed when a client computer joins the Windows SBS 2011 domain. After it's installed, the Launchpad provides quick links for managing backups, browsing shared folders, and accessing the Remote Web Workplace and the Windows SBS Dashboard. The Remote Web Workplace is a website that users can log on to anytime from any Internet-enabled computer to access domain resources such as email and file shares as well as to remote in to workstations. As a result, the Remote Web Workplace keeps users productive while they are away from the office.
Cloud Services and Add-ins
In this lab, Aaron Lee needs to install and configure the Lights-Out add-in to help cut down on power consumption by the Windows SBS Essentials server and clients. He will install the add-in from his workstation and then connect to the Dashboard to complete configuration.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Planning and Preparation for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Contoso, a small business of approximately 35 users/devices, is planning and executing their deployment of Windows SBS 2011 Standard. Like many organizations this size, Contoso works with a local value-added provider (VAP) to choose and deploy their server solution. Contoso has decided to make the switch from a peer-to-peer environment with no centralized file server to Windows SBS 2011 Standard. Roland Winkler, the IT administrator, is ready to begin the planning and preparation tasks for the deployment.
Installing Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
In this lab, the new 64-bit server that Contoso ordered has just arrived, and it is time for Roland Winkler, the IT administrator, to begin installation.
Managing Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Now that Windows SBS 2011 Standard has been installed, it is time for Roland Winkler, the IT administrator, to begin managing the server.
Using Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
After Windows SBS 2011 Standard has been installed and configured, it is time for the Contoso employees to begin using the server.
Messaging and Collaboration in Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
In this lab, Roland Winkler explores some of the messaging and collaboration features of Windows SBS 2011 Standard.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-On
In this lab, Roland Winkler joins the Premium Add-On server to the Windows SBS 2011 Standard environment.