Configuration of Server 2016

Hi -
I am setting up my first Server 2016 server.  Doing the initial setup is easy but I am looking for the additional configuration - like sending daily logs and making sure the server is healthy.

Can anyone point to a resource that goes past the initial installation and promoting the server to a Domain Controller?  Any help would be really appreciated.

Thanks
Rich
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
You'll need to be more specific.  How someone sets up a SQL server would be vastly different than how someone sets up a print server, for example.  Not even comparable.  So "additional configuration" is very dependent on the task and desired end goal.

Windows does not have any built in functionality for emailing daily logs. If you want log aggregation or health monitoring, there are many 1st and 3rd party products in the market, but the build in "Server Manager" with its bright red warnings are all you'll really find in-box, and there is no automation behind it, nor any real noise filtering, thus no real additional configuration.
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webentprAuthor Commented:
Sorry - obviously I am new to Server 2016.  It is just going to be used as a file server for a dental firm - i had setup a Server 2012 sever previously and was able to get a daily log - i had assumed a similar process was available for Server 2016.  This machine will replace a SBS 2011 server.  It will have Dental Applications on it but they are all custom.  I just want to make sure the server is healthy.

Thanks
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Was the 2012 server the Essentials version?  And is the 2016 server Essentials?
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webentprAuthor Commented:
Yes - 2012 was essentials and 2016 Standard

thank you
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
That's the difference.  The "Health Report" in Essentials is still in 2016 Essentials. But is also *unique* to Essentials. 2012 Standard didn't have it either.

You *can* install the "Essentials Experience" role in 2016 if you want. It installs all of the extra stuff that Essentials includes.  The specialized dashboard. The client backup. The RWW/RWA/Anywhere Access feature.  And the various wizards in its dashboard such as Health Report.  But it is an all-or-nothing role. You can choose to ignore some features, but they will be installed. And any products that don't like Essentials probably won't like the role either. It changes IIS, installs RDS roles for Access Anywhere, and because it integrates with Office 365, it does make changes that means the standard AADConnect syncing tool doesn't work right.

For daily monitoring and health, I'd instead recommend a more specialized product to the task in most cases, as you'll have fewer compatibility issues.  There are plenty on the market.
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webentprAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much - can you recommend one of the products?
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webentprAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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