Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. Windows Server 2012 Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials enables small businesses to protect, centralize, organize and access their applications and information from almost anywhere using virtually any device. Additionally, Essentials has the ability to grow as your business grows, providing an elastic solution that allows you to purchase and then perform an in-place conversion to Windows Server 2012 Standard if your business needs change over time.
Works as expected
Pros: Perfect for most small businesses.
Cons: Stupid 'Modern' interface. Useless, aggravating, totally inappropriate for a server.
Other Thoughts: Want to clarify some points made by previous reviewer:
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Purchase for Standa Alone Network Only
Pros: If you are a very small business and do not already have an Active Directory Server, purchase this product. Easy setup for a brand new network.
Cons: Doesn't allow you to join to an existing domain, demote it as a Domain Crontroller, DNS server etc... if you have an existing network forget about joining your existing Domain. Can't upgrade this license at all. Had a really hard time installing this to an ESX VMWare server but finally got it working. Had to load the OS partially then installed the VMWare Tools when it told me I didn't have a network driver. After installing the VMWare tools it took right off and installed properly.
Other Thoughts: I'm kicking myself for buying this product, I should have just went with the Server 2012 Standard edition.
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Good but interface inappropriate
Pros: Price (flat rate for upto 25 users without having to by CALS)
Cons: The Windows 8 interface is very inappropriate for a server machine, and the tiles make it a little difficult at first to do what you want.
Other Thoughts: Was looking for a fast and robust server for a small business having upgraded from SBS 2003.
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