server 2019 essentials with WSE remote App


We have a server with essentials 2019 (we got the wrong one but at this point we cant really do too much more)

The server needs to run filezilla and upload files via FTP

We want the end users at home to be able to run filezilla from their pc using WSE Remote APP so basically on the Server.

Will this do what we need it to do?


I wanted to test it but to test i need to install Essentials Experience….which i cant do without purchasing a licensed product here.  But i cant purchase it if its not going to work and do what I need!

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Alas, I’m afraid it won’t work…

The Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU does not have the Remote Desktop Gateway server role, and so there’s no way to use WSE RemoteApp to remotely (and securely) connect to the server while offsite. The latest release of WSE RemoteApp 2016 (i.e. Version 1.255.1895.0 or greater) will now work under the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU (with WSEE installed via our WSEE Installer), but ONLY for LOCAL connections (i.e. only from your client computers that have the Windows Server Essentials Connector software installed on them, and only when they are locally connected to your network).

While I haven’t tested it, the only way I can even see this working for you is if you configure the (SSTP) VPN feature on the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU (which “I believe” will still work since the VPN feature of Essentials doesn’t use the RD Gateway), and then have your clients connect to the Essentials server over VPN and run WSE RemoteApp (locally) from there. Again though, I haven’t tested any of that, and so I have no idea if it’ll actually work or not.

All of this is exactly the reason that I refer to the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU as an abomination. IMHO, you’re MUCH better off just transitioning the Essentials SKU over to Standard and proceeding from there.

EDIT (2/1/2021): Alternatively, instead of using FileZilla via WSE RemoteApp 2016, you could use our WSE WorkFolders 2016 add-in to allow your users access to their work files that are stored on the Essentials server. The latest release of WSE WorkFolders 2016 (i.e. Version 1.0.311.0 or greater) now works wonderfully with the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU. For more info about WSE WorkFolders see:

WSE WorkFolders 2016 / 2012 R2

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