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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU - OEM

  • 25 User limit and 50 devices - No CALs ( Client Access Licenses) required
  • Simplified user management and easy file sharing
  • Includes PC backup and optional connection to Office 365
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G3S-00716

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Win Server Essentials 2012 R2 64B 1-2CPU
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Essentials
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  • Nevin L.
  • 12/12/2014 6:15:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFaster and more reliable than WHS 2011

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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!

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  • Keven H.
  • 11/24/2014 8:36:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Backup Software

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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.

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  • Mark H.
  • 8/11/2014 9:46:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBeware of System Requirements

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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.

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  • Adrian W.
  • 8/4/2014 10:02:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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.

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  • Michael W.
  • 4/27/2014 2:55:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA HUGE bang for your buck.

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2014 7:01:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid OS

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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.

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  • David J.
  • 3/20/2014 7:46:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

Pros: Great os for a small company. Lots of amazing features like the backup features.

Cons: The price is frigging so much!

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  • Glen W.
  • 2/10/2014 8:04:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot sure yet

This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU

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.

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