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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials - OEM

Item #: 9B-32-416-577  |  Mfr. Part #: G3S-00123  |  UNSPSC: 43233004
Server solution for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices
$399.99
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  • 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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Good but interface inappropriate

5 out of 5 eggs
Price (flat rate for upto 25 users without having to by CALS)
Easy set up, literally took 3 minutes to install ...
— 4/9/2013

Works as expected

5 out of 5 eggs
Perfect for most small businesses.

The centralized PC backup feature is awesome, probably my favorite feature. Dead ...
— gb5102 11/8/2013


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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.

  • newegg Server Operating System. Windows Server 2012 product technologies provide the core of Windows Server 2012 Essentials. For more detailed information, visit the Windows Server 2012 web site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2012). Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides an end-to-end integrated setup that installs and configures many of the roles and features of Windows Server 2012 according to best practices configuration for small business environments. This provides customers with immediate out-of-the-box value and productivity.
  • newegg Data Protection. Windows Server 2012 Essentials leverages several new features available in Windows Server 2012 to provide greatly improved data protection capabilities. The new Storage Spaces feature allows customers to aggregate the physical storage capacity of disparate hard drives, dynamically add hard drives, and to create volumes with specified levels of resilience.
  • newegg Anywhere Access. Remote Web Access provides a stream-lined, touch-friendly browser experience for accessing applications and data from virtually anywhere they have an Internet connection using almost any device. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also provides an updated Windows Phone app and a new Metro app for Windows 8 clients, allowing users to intuitively connect to, search across, and access files and folders on the server; files are also automatically cached for offline access and synchronized when a connection to the server becomes available. Windows Server 2012 Essentials turns setting up virtual private networking (VPN) into a painless wizard-driven process of just a few clicks, and simplifies the management of VPN access for users. Client computers can leverage a VPN connection to remotely join the Essentials environment without the need to come into the office.
  • newegg Health Monitoring. Windows Server 2012 Essentials monitors its own health status and the status of client computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X version 10.5 and above. Health status notifies you of issues or problems related to computer backups, server storage, low disk space, and more.
  • newegg Workload Flexibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to allow customers the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud. In previous versions, Windows Small Business Server Standard included Exchange Server as a component product, which added expense and complexity for customers who wished to leverage cloud-based messaging and collaboration services. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, customers can take advantage of the same integrated management experience whether they choose to run an on-premises copy of Exchange Server, subscribe to a hosted Exchange service, or subscribe to Office 365.
  • newegg Extensibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials builds on the extensibility model of Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which allows other software vendors to add capabilities and features to the core product, and adds a new set of Web Services APIs. It also maintains compatibility with the existing software development kit (SDK) and Add-Ins created for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

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Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.
Brand
Microsoft
Model
G3S-00123

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Name
Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Type
Operating System
Operating Systems Supported
Windows
Packaging
OEM

Features

Features
Server Operating System. Windows Server 2012 product technologies provide the core of Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides an end-to-end integrated setup that installs and configures many of the roles and features of Windows Server 2012 according to best practices configuration for small business environments.

Data Protection. Windows Server 2012 Essentials leverages several new features available in Windows Server 2012 to provide greatly improved data protection capabilities. The new Storage Spaces feature allows customers to aggregate the physical storage capacity of disparate hard drives, dynamically add hard drives, and to create volumes with specified levels of resilience.

Data Protection, continued. Windows Server 2012 Essentials can perform complete system backups and bare-metal restores of the server itself as well as the client computers connected to the network - now with support for volumes larger than 2 terabytes.

Anywhere Access. Remote Web Access provides a stream-lined, touch-friendly browser experience for accessing applications and data from virtually anywhere they have an Internet connection using almost any device.

Health Monitoring. Windows Server 2012 Essentials monitors its own health status and the status of client computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X version 10.5 and above. Health status notifies you of issues or problems related to computer backups, server storage, low disk space, and more.

Workload Flexibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to allow customers the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud.

Extensibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials builds on the extensibility model of Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which allows other software vendors to add capabilities and features to the core product, and adds a new set of Web Services APIs.

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  • gb5102

5 out of 5 eggs Works as expected

Pros: Perfect for most small businesses.

The centralized PC backup feature is awesome, probably my favorite feature. Dead hard drive in a user's machine? No problem! Pop in a new one and do a bare-metal restore from the server, up and running in no time. Same with virus damage, etc...

Also includes 25 CALs so you don't have to worry about licensing. If you need more, you can do a quick and painless in-place license transition to Server 2012 Standard. You can even continue to use the Essentials features(such as client PC backup) up to 75 users. Keep in mid if you do transition to Standard, you are required to buy CALs.

Cons: Stupid 'Modern' interface. Useless, aggravating, totally inappropriate for a server.

I guess I can see the point on a tablet for example, but on a server????

If it weren't for StartIsBack I think I would go crazy...

Bottom Line: Want to clarify some points made by previous reviewer:

-No, Essentials cannot be run alongside an existing domain controller. It must be the only DC in the network, this is well-documented...HOWEVER, you can install 2012 Essentials in MIGRATION MODE which allows you to migrate your AD from your old server to the new one. You get a 21-day grace period where it can run alongside your existing DC while you complete the migration. I have done it and it works perfectly...

-Like I stated in 'Pros', if you outgrow Essentials, you can do an in-place license transition up to Standard. This, too, is documented...and it works, trust me...

-Yes, you do need to have a NIC driver installed to complete setup, this is also documented. Who is going to have a server with no NIC?? Windows has drivers for most NICs, but if not, all you have to do is install it thru Device Manager, reboot, and your good to go. Its not rocket science...

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  • Jeremy
    • FROM:
    • Box Elder County Credit Union
      IT Manager
    • - Small/Medium Business
    • - 20 - 49 employees

2 out of 5 eggs 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.

Bottom Line: I'm kicking myself for buying this product, I should have just went with the Server 2012 Standard edition.

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  • Anonymous
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs Good but interface inappropriate

Pros: Price (flat rate for upto 25 users without having to by CALS)
Easy set up, literally took 3 minutes to install and fifteen minutes to setup network
I love the dashboard, puts many utilities in one place
Remote access is good

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.
Does not have SQL server out of the box
Does not have HyperV (VM)
Supports only upto 64 GB RAM
Joining 32 bit PCs to the network using the recommended web connect does not work as the application to do this is a 64 bit (however, there are obviously workarounds but I thought that was a good time to upgrade the OS of the clients which all had x64 cpus to the x64 OS).

Bottom Line: Was looking for a fast and robust server for a small business having upgraded from SBS 2003.

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