Access the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard
Published: April 26, 2010
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 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.
You can access the Dashboard by using of one of following methods. The method you choose depends on whether you are accessing the dashboard from the server, from a computer that is connected to the Windows Server Essentials network, or from a remote computer.
When you install Windows Server Essentials, the setup process creates a shortcut to the Dashboard on the Start screen, and also on the Desktop. If the shortcut is missing from these locations, you can use the Search pane to find and run the Dashboard program.
Sign in to the server as an administrator, and then do any of the following:
On the Start screen, click Dashboard.
On the Desktop, double-click Dashboard.
In the Search pane, type dashboard, and then click Dashboard in the search results.
- On the Start screen, click Dashboard.
In Windows Server 2012 Essentials, after you join a computer to the network, administrators can use the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Launchpad to access the server Dashboard from the computer.
|In Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, to connect to the Dashboard from the client computer, right-click the tray icon, and then open the Dashboard from the context menu.|
From a computer that is joined to the network, open the Launchpad.
On the Launchpad menu, click Dashboard.
On the Dashboard Sign in page, type your network administrator credentials, and then press ENTER.
A remote connection to the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard opens.
When you are working from a remote computer, you can access the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard by using the Remote Web Access site.
From the remote computer, open an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer.
In the Internet browser address bar, type the following:https://<DomainName>/remote, where DomainName is the external domain name of your organization (such as contoso.com).
Type your username and password to sign in to the Remote Web Access site.
In the Computers section of the Remote Web Access Home page; locate your server and click Connect.
A remote connection to the Dashboard opens.
Note If your server does not appear in the Computers section of the Home page, click Connect to more computers, find your server in the list, and then click the server to connect to it. To give a user permission to access the Dashboard from Remote Web Access, open the Properties page for the user account, and then select the Server Dashboard option on the Anywhere Access tab.