Advanced Admin Console Features

AAC BoxshotThe Advanced Admin Console AddIn is the must-have AddIn for your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials or Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials based server.

Key features

Advanced Admin Console (AAC) enables full Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer integration in the server Dashboard:

Windows Explorer integrationWindows Explorer integration

The Server Administration Tasks Panel brings a comprehensive list of administrative tools and resources to your fingertips. The goal is to make the Dashboard the central place of administration not only of your server but your entire network.

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Windows Explorer links and Administrative Tools

This is accomplished by the Favorites Panel’s support for custom links to ‘pretty much everything’ (Web URLs, URLs to local services and other intranet URLs, files, folders, programs and other executables, etc.).

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You can even access other computers and devices on your network and connect to them via Remote Desktop Connection if they are running a supported operating system.

Network access

Since AAC is fully integrated with the standard Windows Favorites functionality, all your custom links and shortcuts will also be available to you if you’re using Remote Desktop Connection to connect to your server. You don’t even have to use the Dashboard in this case:

Full favorites integration

Access your network remotely

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials are very powerful operating systems with lots of functionalities. Due to their expandability you can add additional server software like a blog (e.g. WordPress), a media streaming service (like Twonky) and a lot more. You also may have a couple of devices (like a router, switches or WiFi access points) on your network which support web based configuration interfaces. AAC makes it easy for you to access all of these from one central place of administration: The server’s Dashboard.

When you access your server from a remote location, you can use its Remote Access Website to get to the Dashboard. However, that is as far as you can normally get. AAC allows you to connect to computers, devices and services on your network, access configuration and diagnostic tools, log files and much more – all without having to expose these devices and services to the hostility of the internet through your router’s firewall.

See for yourself

Go to the downloads page to download the Advanced Admin Console AddIn. It’s free for home users and business users can evaluate all of its features for 30 days. Once you have experienced it you won’t want to miss it again, I promise.