Windows Server 2019 Essentials


Can WSEE be installed on the Essentials version, or must it be the Standard?

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The Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU is an abomination!

Not only has Microsoft stripped the Windows Server Essentials Experience (WSEE) server role from it, but they have also stripped all of the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) server roles from it as well. As a result, the Remote Desktop Gateway server role is not available for use by the Anywhere Access/Remote Web Access features of Essentials when you go that route. For this reason, you should NOT attempt to install WSEE on the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU. Do yourself (and me) a favor, and just use Windows Server 2019 Standard (or Windows Server 2019 Datacenter) instead (as doing so will save you a whole lot of grief in the long run).

That being said… While our WSEE Installer is locked down so that it CANNOT be used on the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU, you are always free to go it on your own and manually install WSEE on Windows Server 2019 Essentials by following the manual install instructions that I’ve provided over in the main how-to article that’s posted here (if you don’t have any need for the Anywhere Access/Remote Web Access features of Essentials that is):

Installing Windows Server Essentials Experience On Windows Server 2019

However, I highly recommend that you don’t waste your time doing so (and I will provide no help if folks opt to go down that road seeing as doing so just creates a big ol’ mess!).

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