- Great for small companies running a single server
- 25 User limit or 50 devices - No CALs (Client Access Licenses) required
- Simplified user management, remote access, and easy file sharing using a wizard-like dashboard
- Includes PC backup and optional connection to Office 365
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Solid OS 04/09/2014
This review is from: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU
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.
I wish it came with 2 VM licenses
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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