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New Computers with Pre-Installed Windows Server 2016 Client Question

    Question

  • Hello:

    I am purchasing a Dell Server pre-loaded with Windows Server 2016 Essential software.  It doesn't come with install media.

    So... how can I load the connector to each client computer without install media and connect it to the domain?

    (P.S. I looked at purchasing a bare-metal server and loading Server 2016 Essentials, but too many issues for me.  I'm a VBA programmer, not a network guru.  Dealing with all the drivers and other objects is not what I want to spend my time on.)

    Thanks,


    Rich Locus, Logicwurks, LLC

    http://www.logicwurks.com

    Monday, April 29, 2019 4:41 PM

Answers

  • hi,

     "It doesn't come with install media."
    1 I think we need to buy OEM server 2016 essential install media from dell. when our server 2016 essentials system broken ,we can use it to  reinstall or Bare-metal restore it. meanwhile dell OEM server 2016 essentials product key can only be activated on OEM server 2016 essentials system.
    (we can check if there is server
    2016 essential install media (usb flash disk) included in your purchase agreement. )

    2 for adding client computers to server essentials 2016 , we don't need this media and we can Browse to http://destination-servername/connect on win10 client, download and install the Windows Server Connector software on client computers. Finally use this connector software to add win10 to wse2016 environment.

    Join computers to the new Windows Server Essentials
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/migrate/join-computers-to-the-new-windows-server-essentials-server
    How To: Connect a Client Computer in Essentials 2016
    https://technogecko.net/msft/how-to-connect-a-client-computer-in-essentials-2016/

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    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:58 AM
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  • Hi Rich. To install the connector on your clients after your server is set up, just open your web browser and navigate to http://servername/connect and follow the installation wizard.

    If you wish to skip automatically joining your clients to the domain, see the Microsoft instructions here:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/aa40963c-7235-40f7-85f5-8f8d030a7c13/how-to-skip-domain-joining-during-client-deployment-in-a-windows-server-2012-essentials-network


    • Edited by Gary Voth Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:23 PM
    • Marked as answer by RichLocus Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:28 PM
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:22 PM

All replies

  • hi,

     "It doesn't come with install media."
    1 I think we need to buy OEM server 2016 essential install media from dell. when our server 2016 essentials system broken ,we can use it to  reinstall or Bare-metal restore it. meanwhile dell OEM server 2016 essentials product key can only be activated on OEM server 2016 essentials system.
    (we can check if there is server
    2016 essential install media (usb flash disk) included in your purchase agreement. )

    2 for adding client computers to server essentials 2016 , we don't need this media and we can Browse to http://destination-servername/connect on win10 client, download and install the Windows Server Connector software on client computers. Finally use this connector software to add win10 to wse2016 environment.

    Join computers to the new Windows Server Essentials
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/migrate/join-computers-to-the-new-windows-server-essentials-server
    How To: Connect a Client Computer in Essentials 2016
    https://technogecko.net/msft/how-to-connect-a-client-computer-in-essentials-2016/

    Please Note: Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

     


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    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:58 AM
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  • Thanks!

    Very helpful.

    Regards,


    Rich Locus, Logicwurks, LLC

    http://www.logicwurks.com

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:15 PM
  • Hi Rich. To install the connector on your clients after your server is set up, just open your web browser and navigate to http://servername/connect and follow the installation wizard.

    If you wish to skip automatically joining your clients to the domain, see the Microsoft instructions here:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/aa40963c-7235-40f7-85f5-8f8d030a7c13/how-to-skip-domain-joining-during-client-deployment-in-a-windows-server-2012-essentials-network


    • Edited by Gary Voth Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:23 PM
    • Marked as answer by RichLocus Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:28 PM
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:22 PM
  • Thanks Gary!

    Regards,


    Rich Locus, Logicwurks, LLC

    http://www.logicwurks.com

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:28 PM
  • You are welcome .I hope everything goes well.

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    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:34 PM
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