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Installing Windows Server Essentials Experience On Windows Server 2019 / 2022 / 2025

2019    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: April 5, 2024
Feb
13

As mentioned in my previous post, Microsoft has completely removed the Windows Server Essentials Experience (WSEE) server role from Windows Server 2019. However, since the entire Windows Server Essentials Experience is basically just an elaborate .NET application that is installed on top of the Windows Server operating system (and not some tightly integrated system component of the OS itself), it can quite readily be installed onto Windows Server 2019 and beyond.

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How To Manually Set Up A Custom / Vanity Domain Name In Windows Server Essentials

2018    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: April 15, 2024
Mar
27

Let me start off by saying that I highly recommend folks use a Microsoft personalized domain name (e.g. YourDomainPrefix.remotewebaccess.com or YourDomainPrefix.homeserver.com) when setting up Anywhere Access / Remote Web Access on their Essentials server. The reason for this is that the domain name, the dynamic DNS update service, and the trusted SSL certificate are all automatically set up and managed for you by the server completely free of any charge or hassle. If you would rather take this much more convenient route instead, then see the following links for instructions on how to set up a Microsoft personalized domain name on your Essentials server:

Configuring and Customizing Remote Web Access on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Understand Microsoft personalized domain names

EDIT (11/15/2022): With the increased frequency that Microsoft keeps breaking their online services in Windows Server Essentials (including their remotewebaccess.com personalized domain names and dynamic DNS service), it’s becoming abundantly clear that they no longer care about their Windows Server Essentials (WSE), and Small Business Server (SBS), customers. Therefore, I now STRONGLY recommend that folks avoid using a Microsoft personalized domain name, and set up their very own custom / vanity domain name instead.

That being said, I also understand that some folks would rather forgo the convenience of using a Microsoft personalized domain name in order to have their very own custom / vanity domain name instead (e.g. YourDomainPrefix.YourCustomDomain.com). Using a custom / vanity domain name presents some additional challenges that must be overcome though; such as purchasing, setting up, and managing the domain name, the dynamic DNS update service, and the trusted SSL certificate. For those folks who are willing to take on those additional challenges, I’ll do my best to try and help by walking you through the entire manual domain name set up process here step-by-step (using either a user-purchased SSL certificate, or a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate via Certify the web).

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Windows Work Folders On-Demand file access feature

2018    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: February 28, 2018
Feb
28

We’re excited to announce the Windows Work Folders On-Demand file access feature will be available in the next Windows 10 release! This file access feature enables you to see and access all of your files on Windows 10 when using an enterprise managed file server with Work Folders. You control which files are stored on your PC and available offline. The rest of your files are always visible and don’t take up any space on your PC, but you need connectivity to the Work Folders file server to access them.

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Revoke Access to Work Files on Compromised Computers

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: August 3, 2023
Sep
25

With the latest release of WSE WorkFolders you can now revoke access to the work files stored on your Windows 8.1 or greater network computers when they have been lost or stolen, when they are no longer being managed by your organization, or when they have been otherwise compromised.

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Work Folders Encryption on Windows

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: September 25, 2017
Sep
25

At Microsoft, we have Work Folders deployed for our internal users. I have worked closely with people from the IT group to investigate issues and learn about management operations which relate to Work Folders. One such operation is to recover data after an encryption key is revoked. Erez Benari from Microsoft IT is the expert on the data recovery topic, and we collaborated on this blog post to give an in-depth look into the Work Folders data encryption on Windows.

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Q&A With Fabian Uhse, Program Manager for Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: February 28, 2018
Sep
4

A few months back I wrote a blog article on Work Folders, one of the new “hero” features in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2012 R2. In this post, I’ll share the perspective of Fabian Uhse, a Program Manager for Work Folders at Microsoft.

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Successful Connections Require Secure Remote Web Access Setup!

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: May 26, 2020
Sep
4

Remote Web Access (Anywhere Access) must be properly configured with a domain name (e.g. YourDomainPrefix.remotewebaccess.com or YourDomainPrefix.YourCustomDomain.com), and a trusted SSL certificate must be associated with the domain name, in order to successfully use Work Folders. If it is determined that Remote Web Access has not been turned on and properly configured when enabling Work Folders, then you will be prompted to do so before you can continue.

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Work Folders for Windows 7

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: September 4, 2017
Sep
4

When we introduced Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2, we included support for PCs running Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. However, we knew that we needed to continue releasing support for other clients, and the number one request was to support the large number of enterprise deployments of Windows 7.

We heard the feedback and we are excited to announce that we have just released the packages of Work Folders for Windows 7 on the Download Center!

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Adding Work Folders to Office Locations

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: September 4, 2017
Sep
4

With the Windows 10 version 1511 release, Work Folders can be surfaced as a location where user can easily access the document under it.

In this blog post, I’d like to share some more details on the user experience, and how you can enable this on Windows 7 machines.

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Work Folders for iOS – iPhone Release

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: September 4, 2017
Sep
4

We are happy to announce that an iPhone app for Work Folders has been released into the Apple AppStore® and is available as a free download.

Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on an Apple iPhone and iPad. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s IT department to fully secure that data.

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Work Folders for Android – Released

2017    Posted Posted by Mike     Comments Comments off     Modified Last updated: September 4, 2017
Sep
4

We are happy to announce that an Android app for Work Folders has been released into the Google PlayStore® and is available as a free download.

Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on your Android Phone and Tablet. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s IT department to fully secure that data.

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