What is a Launchpad?
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: November 1, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.
The Launchpad is a small application that is installed on a computer the first time the computer connects to the server. The Launchpad provides authenticated users with access to key features of Windows Server Essentials, including computer backups, shared files and media, and the Remote Web Access site. Users can access these features from either domain-joined computers or non-domain joined computers. Administrators can use the Launchpad to access the server Dashboard, even if the computer is not connected to the network.
OEMs and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who develop add-ins for Windows Server Essentials can use the Launchpad to extend add-in functionality to computers on the network.
The following Windows operating systems support the use of the Launchpad:
Windows 8.1: All editions
Windows 8: All editions
Windows 7 SP1: All editions
The following operating systems do not support the use of the Launchpad:
Additional servers: You cannot run the Launchpad on additional computers that run a Windows Server operating system.
The following links and information are available on the Launchpad:
Click Backup to open the Backup Properties for the computer. On the Backup Properties page, you can:
Start or stop a backup.
View the status and details for the most recent backup.
Specify how to manage computer power when a backup runs.
For more information about how to use Launchpad to back up your computer, see Start a backup from the Launchpad.
Click Remote Web Access to open the web browser to the Remote Web Access site. The Remote Web Access site enables you to connect to other computers and to access some of the network resources from within the office or from any remote location with an Internet-enabled computer.
Click Shared Folders to open Windows Explorer to the location of the shared folders on the server. For information about sharing files and folders, see the topic Understand shared folders.
Click Dashboard to open the Sign in page for access to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Dashboard. After you sign in, a Remote Desktop connection to the server Dashboard opens.
|To use this feature, you must have the proper access or permissions to log on to the server.|
The Microsoft Office 365 link only appears on the Launchpad if the user has an Office 365 account. Click Microsoft Office 365 to access additional links to the Office 365 resources. For more information, see Quick Start Guide to using Microsoft Office 365 with Windows Server 2012 Essentials.