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Windows Server 2012 Essential

I believe Windows Server 2012 is a huge release, with numerous new features as well as a new licensing model.

In term of edition, Windows Server 2012 fall into three groups. First there are the main editions, Standard and Datacenter. These are what most businesses will license.

For low-end editions aimed at small businesses or just personal usage, I believe Essentials and Foundation are the answer.

Both Standard and Datacenter Editions are feature-complete. However, I count on the simplified management tools in Essential, this exclusive feature does not exist on Standard and Datacenter Edition.

In the Virtualization technology perspective, the only difference between Standard and Datacenter (aside from the price) is in the licensing for the guest operating system in virtual machines. If we have Standard, we can install two virtual instances of Server 2012 as well as the host, for each licence you install. If you have Datacenter, we can install unlimited virtual instances of Server 2012 in VMs on the host server.

Note that Standard and Datacenter are licensed per processor. A “processor” in this context is a physical CPU, regardless the number of cores.

In my personal opinion, the Foundation edition is extremely limited as it only can accomodate single processor, and the worst is it does not support Hyper-V, either as host or guest.

As IT professional, I would like to recommend Windows Server 2012 Essential edition, it’s inexpensive (less than $400), 25 users, Hyper-V guest supported, 2 processors, and no CAL license required as well.

In addition, I would say this edition offers Extremely Simple Setup for Active Directory / Domain and Dashboard

Windows Server 2012 Essential Dashboard

Windows Server 2012 Essential Dashboard

The Essential dashboard has following features:

  •     Manage user accounts using Active Directory
  •     Use server folders for file sharing
  •     Set up server backup, with an option to back up to the cloud
  •     Set up anywhere access, using the new Direct Access feature that lets users connect over the internet without a VPN
  •     Connect client computers and back them up to the server
  •     Integrate with Office 365 for email, SharePoint online and other services

We can also add applications, either add-ins designed specifically for Server Essentials, or almost any application that runs on Windows Server. Storage Spaces is included, allowing flexible storage spanning multiple hard drives.

Here’s the URL to find add-in application
Microsoft Pinpoint

November 16, 2013 This post was written by Categories: ITServer Tagged with:
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