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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Faster and more reliable than WHS 2011
Pros: - Significantly faster for all aspects than WHS v2 (2011). Mapped drives come up instantly without the brief pause that occurred with WHS
- Servio works well with PS3...more reliable with less erros
- VPN integration allows me to map my surface pro 2 via cellphone to all connected drives...works flawlessly with very little setup
- Suppors Surface Pro 2 backup...I haven't been brave enough to attempt a restore/rebuild of my SP2
- Metro interface (which I loved after 3rd month of Win8) works...even if a little odd in server setting. It basically puts all critical apps on one screen and your interface is integrated across your desktop, surface pro, and server interface
- Supports ios apps for monitoring/connecting.
- Ability to do remote desktop from web (I think?) but you must choose remote desktop OR folder view
- Has domain capabilities...for those who know how to take advantage of...
Cons: - Cost....but benefits have definitely been worth every penny!
- Remote connect gives you two different methods...but unfortunately you choose which one you'd like. Therefore, going to http://server.homeserver.com will take you to standard folder view OR to a remote desktop...I wish you could choose your interface each time you connect.
- No graphical drive apps unlike some of the apps that could be used in WHS. A little tedious using the numerical table view
- Some of the server folders can't be deleted easily.
Other Thoughts: Don't hesitate if considering purchasing versus WHS....worth every penny!
Reviewed By:Nevin,12/12/2014 6:18:06 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Faster and more reliable than WHS 2011
Pros: - Significantly faster for all aspects than WHS v2 (2011). Mapped drives come up instantly without the brief pause that occurred with WHS
- Servio works well with PS3...more reliable with less erros
- VPN integration allows me to map my surface pro 2 via cellphone to all connected drives...works flawlessly with very little setup
- Suppors Surface Pro 2 backup...I haven't been brave enough to attempt a restore/rebuild of my SP2
- Metro interface (which I loved after 3rd month of Win8) works...even if a little odd in server setting. It basically puts all critical apps on one screen and your interface is integrated across your desktop, surface pro, and server interface
- Supports ios apps for monitoring/connecting.
- Ability to do remote desktop from web (I think?) but you must choose remote desktop OR folder view
- Has domain capabilities...for those who know how to take advantage of...
Cons: - Cost....but benefits have definitely been worth every penny!
- Remote connect gives you two different methods...but unfortunately you choose which one you'd like. Therefore, going to http://server.homeserver.com will take you to standard folder view OR to a remote desktop...I wish you could choose your interface each time you connect.
- No graphical drive apps unlike some of the apps that could be used in WHS. A little tedious using the numerical table view
- Some of the server folders can't be deleted easily.
Other Thoughts: Don't hesitate if consider between WHS!
Reviewed By:Nevin,12/12/2014 6:15:56 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 2CPU/2VM - Base License

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Review of 2012 R2
Pros: I do own this software and I have installed widely on client's servers. I do a lot of contract server and Exchange work. The good is that it does install easily and it's pretty much bulletproof. No problems, doesn't blue screen out. Has version 2 of the Hyper-V servers and that's good.
Cons: OK, so the bad. It's Windows 8.1. Don't need the Metro interface to manage servers. I install Classic Shell the very first thing to get back to a start button and control panel. You just have to get to the nuts and bolts to configure servers. Ain't no way around it. Next, Powershell. I do a lot of things through the GUI simply because I have clients with 50 users, not 5000. Got 10000 users, sure let's do Powershell for mass creation and editing but leave the full GUI in for those small organizations that have 20 users. I learned command-line on DOS and CP/M so it's not bad for me to do Powershell but Powershell has way too many commands and switches to remember all of them. If I'm in a hurry, I'd rather do the GUI. I can click very fast.
Other Thoughts: AND HOWABOUT THOSE GOOFY COLORS???? BABY BLUE AND DARK GRAY FOR A DESKTOP? WHO DESIGNED THAT, SOME THREE YEAR OLD? The industry spent many years developing superb interfaces on 3D graphics cards. Make it pretty to look at not some baby's bedroom!
Reviewed By:Mark P,11/25/2014 10:30:54 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Great Backup Software
Pros: Really like the backup software. Very helpful for backing up the 5 computers on my home network.

Having a common location for media for the whole home is also great.
Cons: Price is very steep for a home user.
Other Thoughts: I've previously used Windows Home Server 2011 which had similar features, but only supported 10 PCs instead of 25. 10 was adequate for a home user.

Sad to see that Microsoft discontinued WHS product line. It's the best backup software I've come across for a PC. The Essentials software has the same features (and allows for more PCs), but the price is considerably higher than WHS was.
Reviewed By:Theokrat,11/24/2014 8:36:16 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Exchange Server Standard 2010 DVD 5 Client

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Exchange 2010
Pros: Happy I could purchase this version as it is not the latest; prefer this gui interface then current 2013.
Cons: None
Reviewed By:N/A,11/23/2014 2:24:50 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 2CPU/2VM - Base License

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Solid Server Platform
Pros: MS Window Server keeps getting better and better. It has come a long way from its NT4 days...
Cons: New Interface takes some time to get used to, but once you get used to it, you can get to things a lot faster.
Reviewed By:Gaucho,8/14/2014 5:28:58 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Beware of System Requirements
Pros: Excellent Server OS that is a great replacement for WHS.
Cons: Microsoft is very general about system requirements; most any reasonably powerful system meets the specs. What they don't tell you is that you might have a hard time getting drivers for a system based on a desktop motherboard. For example, Intel does not provide a driver for Windows Server for its desktop oriented i217V LAN chip, but only for its i217LM chip. I still have not found a driver for the PCI Simple Communications Controller, though I finally found one for the SM Bus Controller.
Reviewed By:BozemanMark,8/11/2014 9:46:09 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Works Well
Pros: Solid OS
Cons: Tablet interface
Other Thoughts: The product key that comes with this WILL successfully activate a server installed using the 180 day trial from Microsoft.
Reviewed By:Ryan,8/4/2014 10:02:46 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Windows Home Server
Pros: Smooth Running But No Pooling Had To Get Hard Drive Pooling Software...
Cons: No Hard Drive Pooling
Reviewed By:Drv,7/27/2014 2:18:52 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 SP1 64-Bit (1 - 4 CPU, 5CALs) - OEM

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 SP1 64-Bit (1 - 4 CPU, 5CALs) - OEM
Pros: Easy and quick install. All the standard features were included. Excellent O/S!
Cons: The price is still way too high even when including 5 CAL's
Reviewed By:mcmamj15,6/15/2014 7:37:27 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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