How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard is an interesting tool that facilitates the management of an Active Directory Domain. Once a feature available uniquely on Windows Server SBS, you can now install it on every Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2.

The installation process involves the addition of a role. Quite an easy procedure.

Launch the Server Manager and click Add Roles and Features:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Click Next:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Role-based or feature based installation is fine:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Select the server and click Next:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Select Windows Server Essentials Experience:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Ignore the Features tab:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Click Next:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Click Next:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

The system installs IIS if not present:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Confirm the installation:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Close and go back to the Server Manager:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

An alert will appear after the completion of the role installation. Click Configure Windows Server Essentials:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Wait for it..

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Click Next:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Specify an Enterprise Admin or a Domain Admin account:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Wait for it.. again..

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Click Close:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

You’re ready to enjoy your brand new Windows Server Essentials Dashboard:

How to install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

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