I had another terrible experience with Server 2012 this week. This time it wasn’t the server restarting during the middle of the workday to install updates for 1/2 hour — that was another client. This one involved adding a server to an existing domain network. There is no automatic way of moving data and having it be recognized. Not only did I have to restore files from a backup, I actually had to import permissions! Of course, permissions don’t carry from one computer to another, even in the same domain. Why would they, right? I’m sure that’s not what domains are for.
QuickBooks was a similar issue — even through the QBData folder had the correct permissions, they were the permissions from the other server, and not the new server. Same user, but different. Hmm.
On top of that — and this was the head-scratcher — when you set up Server 2012 with a shared folder, it is not indexed, which means it can’t be added to a Windows 7/8 “library”. So what, you ask? So you can’t redirect someone’s desktop or document folder to the server. At this location, we use a server folder for the My Documents folder, so no matter where a user sits, his or her documents are always available…except it wouldn’t work until I found a post that mentioned that you have to manually add the Windows Indexing role to Server 2012, and then, once it’s added, you have to start it, and then you have to specify the folders you want it to index!
To add insult to injury, there is no direct way to access the Computer Manager. You have to go through Server Manager, which is a dashboard with nothing but links to things that actually work. And, if you don’t install a Start menu to actually get some work done, then you have to deal with the ignominy of the tiled and much-reviled start screen. On a server. Who thinks up these things?
Does anyone else see the irony of this brain-dead software that Microsoft is pushing? It’s like a drug dealer with badly cut heroin. “Buy this! It won’t help you, it will probably hurt you, but it makes me richer!”
On the other hand, I shouldn’t complain — it’s the built-in incompetence that keeps me in business. If Microsoft could write decent software, I’d have to find another line of work! I keep thinking that in 50 years, people will look back at this era and marvel at how Microsoft kept computer users in the dark ages for so long.