Windows Server: How to Remove Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features from a Server After a Transition to Windows Server 2012 Standard

Windows Server: How to Remove Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features from a Server After a Transition to Windows Server 2012 Standard



Article Summary: This article provides information on disabling Windows Server 2012 Essentials features after transitioning the server to Windows Server 2012 Standard.



If an enterprise is growing too large for the 25-user or 50-device limit of Windows Server 2012 Essentials, there is an option available to transition to Windows Server 2012 Standard, provided the licensing requirements are met. For information about the transition and instructions on performing it, see How to Perform an In-Place Transition from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 Standard.

After the transition, Essentials features such as the Dashboard and integrated client backup remain functional on the server. Although the 25-user and 50-device limits of Essentials are removed during the transition, the Essentials features have technical restrictions which limit them to 75 users and devices. The features also may stop functioning properly if actions are performed on the server which are not possible in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, such as running dcpromo to demote the server.

If you wish to remove the Essentials features, or if your enterprise has grown too large for their limitations, the Turn off Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features Wizard can remove them. There are three ways to start this wizard: from the Alert Viewer of the Dashboard, from the Help and Support pane of the Dashboard, and by running the associated executable file directly.

To start the wizard from the Alert Viewer, follow these steps:

  1. From the Dashboard, open Alert Viewer.
  2. Locate the alert with information about turning off Windows Server 2012 Essentials features after a transition.
  3. In the alert, click Turn off Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features.

To start the wizard from the Help and Support pane, follow these steps:

  1. Click Get Help and Support from the Home page of the Dashboard.
  2. Click Turn off Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features Wizard.

To start the wizard by running its executable file, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin.
  2. Double-click TurnOffFeaturesWizard.exe.

For more information about official support for the Essentials features after the transition, see Support of Windows Server 2012 Essentials Features after Transitioning to Windows Server 2012 Standard.




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Article ID: SLN283376

Last Date Modified: 09/12/2014 12:10 PM


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