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Manage Applications in Windows Server Essentials

Published: August 21, 2012

Updated: January 15, 2014

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 server Dashboard in Windows Server Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed makes it possible to perform common administrative tasks. To perform these tasks, see the following:

The Applications management page of the Dashboard provides:

  • A list of installed add-ins, which displays:

    • The name of the online service or add-in

    • The update status of the add-in

    • The subscription status of the add-in

    • The name of the company or publisher that is making the add-in available

  • A tasks pane that includes a set of tasks for managing a selected add-in

  • A list of add-ins that are available to download and install from Microsoft Pinpoint

The following table describes the various add-in management tasks that are available in the server Dashboard. Some of the tasks are add-in specific, so they are only visible when you select an add-in in the list.

 

Task name Description

Remove the add-in

Removes the selected add-in from the server and from all other computers in the network.

Install the add-in on network computers

Helps you schedule installation of the selected add-in on all other computers in the network.

Get help with the add-in

Opens your Internet browser to a website from which you can search for solutions to problems and learn more about a selected add-in.

Update the add-in

Helps you download and install updates for the add-ins that are installed on your server and network computers.

Renew the add-in subscription

Opens your Internet browser to a website from which you can renew your add-in subscription.

Read the privacy statement for the add-in

Opens your Internet browser to a website from which you can view the privacy statement.

How do I install or remove add-ins?

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An add-in is a software application that provides additional features and functionality for your server. A growing number of add-ins are available from Microsoft and other Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

Before you can take advantage of the extended functionality that an add-in provides, you must first install the add-in on the server.

  1. In the server Dashboard, click Applications, and then click the Microsoft Pinpoint tab. A list of available add-ins appear.

  2. Click the add-in that you want to install. The add-in information page appears.

  3. On the add-in information page, click Download, and follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the add-in.

  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard to install the add-in.

  5. When the installation is finished, restart the Dashboard, open the Applications page of the server Dashboard, and verify that the add-in appears in the list view.

  1. Open Windows Explorer and browse to the location of the add-in installation file.

  2. Double-click the file to run the installation wizard.

  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard to install the add-in.

  4. When the installation is finished, restart the Dashboard, open the Applications page, and then verify that the add-in appears in the list view.

  1. Open the server Dashboard.

  2. Click the Applications tab.

  3. On the Add-ins tab, select the add-in that you want to remove, and then click Remove the add-in.

  4. In the Remove Add-in window, click Remove.

    noteNote
    You might need to restart the Dashboard to completely remove the add-in.

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