Overview of the Launchpad in Windows Server Essentials
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
The Windows Server 2012 Essentials 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 2012 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. The Launchpad also provides real-time information and notifications about the health of the computer. 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 2012 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 Windows Server 2012 Essentials Launchpad:
Windows 8: All editions.
Windows 7: All editions.
The following operating systems do not support the use of the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Launchpad:
Additional servers: You cannot run the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Launchpad on any additional computers that run a Windows Server operating system.
The following links and information are available on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials 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 backup runs.
For 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 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.
Alerts that appear on the Launchpad provide a quick status as to the immediate health of the computer. To view information about a health alert, click an alert indicator to open the alert viewer. Health alerts appear in the viewer based on level of severity. The most severe alerts appear first in the list. Less severe alerts appear later in the list. For more information about computer health alerts, see the topic Respond to computer alerts.