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Can I run AD, Access Anywhere, Remote App and Remote Desktop using Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

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I have an office of 6 people and 1 remote user.  I want to be able to manage their environment with AD and allow the remote user to be able to login remotely to run an application, any suggestions??
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That is a two server solution, minimum. Essentials cannot be an RDSH server.
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Depending on how tight you want your security you could open RDP on the firewall so that this 1 user can just use Remote Desktop to connect to the machine with the application on it ... That way you can use AD to manage your users as well ... Which you can of course do anyway ...

As for all the features you mentioned, Windows Server 2012 essentials does support Direct Access, so it is a possibility, it does support AD as well (obviously) but it's somewhat different than other version in that you need to configure your Domain during the installation of essentials ... You can't change it later either...

Anyway, there's more info about remote working with 2012 Essentials to be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj730344.aspx

How to configure DA in Essentials: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj204618.aspx

Someones take on RemoteApp on Essentials: http://byugeeks.blogspot.be/2013/01/remoteapp-with-windows-server-2012_26.html
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