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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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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 A HUGE bang for your buck.
Pros: The price to feature set of this Windows Server package is great. 25 Client licenses and all the basic features most small offices need (File & Print Sharing, Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, etc). The Included windows backup is quite good and the ability to backup workstations as a complete restorable image is wonderful.

R2 version includes hyper-v roles, and rights to run virtualized if desired. In fact, I'd say this is a good option for shops whom want to virtualize with Hyper-V server, but want good backups and gui support. I've personally had great success with Hyper-V and CentOS 6.5 VMs. An odd combo for sure, but VERY cost effective for reasons beyond the scope of this review.
Cons: At first glance the 'wizardy' setup and streamlined admin menus are off-putting for us old timers who've been working with MS server since the NT days. Expect to re-install a couple times to learn the 'correct' answers to the wizards and you'll get a system configured exactly how you want. Sometimes the wizards build a setup that cannot be changed later (IE Computer Name).
Other Thoughts: Once I got a feel for how the wizards and new interfaces work, I have to say I'm a believer. They really do save time accomplishing 90% of the repetitive setup steps with clients. I'd guess I can roll out a new client server configuration in half the time.

Basic install came to about 13 gigs. I was able to install the OS to SSD, then easily 'move' all the pre-built shared folders to larger RAID storage arrays. You can also create your own shares the same as previous versions of Windows Server.

Do your homework. Essentials comes with some heavy limitations for large/multi-site operations, but for most small offices, this is a great option. Thanks Microsoft.
Reviewed By:Good Electrons,4/27/2014 2:55:56 PM
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 + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Solid OS
Pros: Perfect for home or small office usage, and IMO the price isn't terrible considering it includes CALs for 25 users/50 devices.

Really loving the centralized client backup feature. works great, and it utilizes data de-duplication to maximize storage efficiency.

My other favorite Server 2012 feature is NIC Teaming/LBFO. Super easy to set up, especially 'switch independent' mode. Basically just run thru the wizard and plug in your LAN cables.

Essentials also includes all the 'standard' features such as AD, DNS, DHCP, WSUS, etc etc.
Cons: I wish it came with 2 VM licenses
Other Thoughts: 2012 R2 Essentials license DOES include virtualization rights. You get (1) Physical and (1) Virtual instance. In this configuration, the Physical instance can ONLY run the Hyper-V role, you must remove all other roles to be in compliance.
Reviewed By:N/A,4/9/2014 7:01:44 PM
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 + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5
Pros: Great os for a small company. Lots of amazing features like the backup features.
Cons: The price is frigging so much!
Reviewed By:N/A,3/20/2014 7:46:19 AM
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 Standard 2012 R2 2CPU/2VM - Base License

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 R2 Duh2
Pros: this is just like windows 8 without the ambushmarketing dashboard, still have to spend hours configuring heads up
to look like ordinary Unix / xp dashboard
Cons: same old microsoft territorial dominance- can't pass go can't move unless simon sayz, have to pay money every time your processor farts, wouldn't it be nice if you could have a computer that doesn't sue you every time you earn money?
Other Thoughts: wouldn't it be nice if you could get one operating system for one computer instead of getting taxed, every time someone else logs on to it?
Reviewed By:duh,3/6/2014 1:22:01 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Server Software > Microsoft > Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Not sure yet
Pros: The price is right. OS install was pretty quick.
Cons: What the heck is the big idea of putting a tablet GUI on a SERVER OS?

Really MS? Give me a break.

It isn't easy to get around in, they've changed everything just enough so that you have to relearn stuff that worked in 2003 and 2008.

I will likely not be selling another server running 2012. It is a pain in the neck to work in.
Other Thoughts: Dear Microsoft,

We don't like the tile interface as the only option.

I will not sell any more MS software that doesn't have a proper desktop interface. You'll probably never notice the drop in sales, but that doesn't change the fact that even my customers that initially liked Windows 8 have sold their new PC and got me to order them refurbs with Windows 7 Pro.
Reviewed By:0ldman,2/10/2014 8:04:32 AM
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