Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Installing, upgrading, activating

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  1. 100

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    #1 100, Oct 12, 2012
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  2. anarchist9027

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    SLIC 2.2 or 3.0; whatever it is needs to be exploited already. Its driving me nuts :wallbash:
     
  3. Sayonara0

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    How to do OOBE and regedit - where and when? Can you explain that?
    I had to do something like that when installing WHS 2011 on a 64 GB SSD, had to create a USB stick with a cfg.ini file :

    [WinPE]
    ConfigDisk=1
    CheckReqs=0
    WindowsPartitionSize=MAX
     
  4. Sayonara0

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    Thank you! I will try and let you know later!
     
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    It worked without error notification...
     
  6. derausgewanderte

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    #7 derausgewanderte, Oct 29, 2012
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    thank you for the write-up. hope there is land in sight for oem:slp keys.
    cheers

    edit: so according to the ms link if you install all addins before the upgrade they will work after. just can't install new ones. they are looking into this and it might be fixed soon. leaving the only "downgrade" the media stream capability. But only devices not supporting silverlight are affected.

    I've installed this in vmware and it's running fine with your instructions.

    For the real world scenario I've got a ds key for standard and I should be able to set everything up in trial mode and then upgrade to permanently activate with the ds key on standard, right?
    thanks again
     
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  7. Asxetos

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    Just making sure...

    Is this possible?

    Install Server 2012 Essentials --> install all add-ins --> upgrade Essentials to Standard --> upgrade Standard to Datacenter
    and still have the dashboard etc functionality?
     
  8. derausgewanderte

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    just reporting back that the upgrade in the vm worked smoothly. trial to kms activated Server Standard. Will try the real world scenario next and switch from my WHS2011 to this.
    thanks again for the write-up
    cheers
     
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  9. jayrock

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    I'm curious: Apart from Storage Spaces, is there any other advantage that you see compared to WHS2011?

    This one worries me: Some add-ins cannot be installed after upgrading from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 Standard, see first post.

    I'd refrain from the method described here until more information about this limitation is available.
     
  10. derausgewanderte

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  11. Winchester

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    Just so I've gotten this all straight:

    * You can install Server 2012 Essentials, use the 180-day trial key, and then upgrade to Standard with a Dreamspark/Website Spark key.
    * Doing so will keep most of the Essentials functionality, with the main exception of the Media Server stuff
    * Without upgrading to Standard, I will not be able to use Hyper-V

    If the above is all true:

    1. Have Microsoft said anything one way or the other regarding whether disabling the Media Server on upgrade is intended behavior, or a bug to be fixed?
    2. Are there any decent alternatives to the Essentials services available?
    3. Will the language packs for Windows 8 work on Server 2012, Standard or Essentials? (I've noticed that there is a Swedish version of Server Essentials on MSDN, but it's not gone wild yet...)

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  12. sprtfan

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    #14 sprtfan, Dec 12, 2012
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    What exactly will be lost as as part of the media server feature not working once upgraded to standard? Will remote web access still work? I don't need streaming but want to be able to access files while I'm gone.




    found the answer to my question in another thread. It looks like remote web access is part of the media server feature and will not work after the upgrade.
     
  13. RaiyvaN

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    #15 RaiyvaN, Dec 16, 2012
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    Server Install Disc: Windows Server 2012 Essentials (x64) - DVD (Portuguese-Brazil)
    ISO|Portuguese-Brazil|Release Date: 10/9/2012
    Download 4160 MB
    File Name: pt_server_install_disc_windows_server_2012_essentials_x64_dvd_1022289.iso
    Languages: Portuguese-Brazil
    SHA1: 3C2522487E0D53D01039126587CD0B354324FAB7


    I waiting for this iso image.

    Can you please, post the direct link for msdn image?

    Sorry for my english.
    Thanks.
     
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  17. redroad

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    Trial version but I think there is a Xdelta file to convert to MSDN on this forum which will give you hash identical to the MSDN retail untouched ISO