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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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OEM

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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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