WSE Remote App 2016


I am interested to use on Windows Server 2019 Essentials? The server is setup as an AD DC. Will it work there?

“Assuming” yes, with this license do I get the package to “auto” install the WSEE automatically?

Sorry if this has been answered I just am in a jam and did not have the time to read them all.

Any direction is appreciated!!


  • Michael Bresadola asked 2 years ago
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As you’ve found, the Windows Server 2019 Essentials SKU (i.e. the “abomination”) doesn’t contain the actual “Essentials” bits (boo Microsoft!). You can however use my WSEE Installer to add the Windows Server Essentials Experience (WSEE) to the 2019 Essentials SKU if desired. Although, I don’t really recommend doing that seeing as the 2019 Essentials SKU doesn’t have the Remote Desktop Gateway server role, and so you will not be able to use certain parts of the Anywhere Access feature of Windows Server Essentials under the 2019 Essentials SKU. Personally, you’re MUCH better off converting the 2019 Essentials SKU to 2019 Standard instead.

That being said… I strongly recommend that folks always start off with a brand new/clean (out-of-the-box) installation of Windows Server 2019 (Essentials, Standard, or Datacenter) when using the WSEE Installer (in order to ensure success). It “should” still work even if the server is already configured as an AD DC (i.e. the Configure Windows Server Essentials wizard should recognize your existing domain and configure Windows Server Essentials on the server accordingly). However, I won’t be able to help you out if you happen to run into issues there seeing as that’s not a configuration that I support (even though it will probably work just fine – but you should definitely make sure that you have a working backup of your server before proceeding though).

Additionally, when using the 2019 Essentials SKU, WSE RemoteApp 2016 will only be able to support local connections between your server and connected client computers. You will NOT be able to use any of the remote connection features of the add-in seeing as the 2019 Essentials SKU does not include the RD Gateway server role (and so the add-in will not be able to make secure remote connections to the server).

All of this stuff is talked about (in great detail) within the main how to article that’s posted on my website over here.

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Hi Mike,

Thanks for the quick reply.

This is a brand new box coming from DELL. This is just a 6 person office so essentials was the right choice from that stand point.

I understand MS is PUSHING us to the cloud wheter we like it not, I am not so impressed so far, Azure can be amdening not to mention expensive but I see where we are headed.

If I cannot use remote desktop or anywhere access with your products I might have to use 2019 Standard.  The WSEE features alone make administering a small office a breeze.

Let me see if it is too late to switch to standard from Essentials. (I am really beginning to dislike Microsoft, they are starting to take after apple, that is a lie I hate microsoft and have been supporting them for a LONG TIME… : -) )

but back to your products, on a clean brand new server I am assuming the install of  WSEE is smooth?

Should I install the AD and DC roles before using the WSEE installer??



contacting dell now-


thanks for any assistance.

PS: Going to be honest here, I see you have very detailed information that I usually truly appreciate, but these days there is just not enough time for “proper” research… it has been CRAZY! And why I want the WSEE to simplify the new server.


  • Mike
    R.E. Microsoft… LOL you sound just like me. It’s really frustrating what they do to their SOHO customers for sure. : -(
  • Mike
    Yes, the WSEE installation (via the WSEE Installer) is indeed “smooth” so long as you’re starting out with a brand new/clean (out-of-the-box) installation of Windows Server 2019/2022. Anything else just tends to complicate things and makes it more likely that the WSEE Installer will fail.
  • Mike
    By default, WSEE will automatically configure the server as the primary AD DC, and so you don’t need to do any pre-configuration like that. Always start with a brand new/clean (out-of-the-box) installation for the best results.
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