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But in my home, I don't want to join the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Domain

So, you have a work laptop, or a nicely running non-domain based home network.  But alas, you have no home server options anymore...

You are left with the option of installing a Windows Server 2012 Essentials machine (which whilst expensive, really is a great home server option).    The problem is, you don't want the machines in your home in a domain, you want them to remain totally independant for many a reason.

Here is a nugget of information that you will love then.    When you run the Connect computer wizard (http://nameofserver/connect) you can avoid the domain join bit by simply running this command in an elevated command prompt beforehand:

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ClientDeployment" /v SkipDomainJoin /t REG_DWORD /d 1

....then, run the wizard and you will get all the good backup and home features without the domain join.

Perfect.