Remote Web Access overview
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.
When you are away from your office, you can open a web browser and access Remote Web Access from anywhere that has Internet access. In Remote Web Access, you can:
Access shared files and folders on the server.
Access your server and computers on the network. This means that you can access the desktop of a networked computer as if you were sitting in front of it at your office.
Remote Web Access is not turned on by default. When you run the Set up Anywhere Access wizard, the wizard attempts to set up your router and Internet connectivity. After Remote Web Access is turned on, you can set up a domain name for your server and customize Remote Web Access. You can also set up the router again if you change your router.
Permission to access Remote Web Access is not automatically granted when you add a new user account. When you add a user account, you can choose to allow access to shared folders, the Media Library, computers, Home page links, and the server Dashboard. You can also specify that a user not be allowed to use Remote Web Access.
The Remote Web Access setting is displayed for each user account on the USERS tab of the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. To change the Remote Web Access setting, right-click the user account, and then click View the account properties.