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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials offers an affordable server solution that can be used as the primary infrastructure server in multi-server environments.

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The cloud-enabled server solution for small business

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials, offers a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.
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Open License - Download

You will receive an email with your license and download link.
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MFR # G3S-00716

  • Supports 1 Admin User.
  • 1 Server Installation.
  • Order before 5:00 pm PT to receive within 1-2 business days.

Integrated health reports
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The Home page includes the Alerts and Reports tabs. Depending on your business needs, you can customize the system health reports to display items that you want to monitor. Health Reports is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, and it no longer needs to be installed as an add-in.

Manage Mobile Devices
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If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can manage your mobile devices by using the Exchange Active Sync functionalities; for example, you can define email access from a mobile device, set up password policies, and perform a remote wipe of the mobile device.

BranchCache
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You can turn on BranchCache to improve data access if the server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is located offsite. For more information, see Manage BranchCache.

Full System Restore
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You can create a client restore service by using the Set Up Client Restore Service task, and you can perform client full system restore over the network instead of using an image that is saved on a DVD.

Users and Groups

The following functionalities are added for managing users and groups :
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User groups management

Office 365 distribution groups management

Easy to create user groups

You can create user groups and add user accounts to them. User account permissions can be managed through their user group memberships. If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can manage your Office 365 distribution groups from the Dashboard.

Server Storage

The following functionalities are added in Server Storage: folder management on a second server in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials network and server folder quota.
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Create shared folders
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You can create shared folders on a secondary server while keeping the same Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path prefix.

Specify a space quota
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You can specify a space quota for a server folder. You receive an alert when a server folder size grows beyond its defined quota.

Office 365 Integration

The following functionalities are available when Office 365 is integrated with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:
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SharePoint Libraries management

Office 365 distribution groups management

Manage from dashboard

If your server is integrated with Office 365, you can:
  • Manage your Office 365 SharePoint Libraries from the Dashboard.
  • Manage your Office 365 distribution groups from the Dashboard.
The integration of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials with Office 365 is only supported in a single domain controller environment. The Integrate with Office 365 Wizard must be run on a domain controller.

Microsoft online services integration

The integration of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials with Microsoft online services, including Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Office 365, Windows Intune, and on-premises Exchange, is only supported in a single domain controller environment. The integration wizard for these Microsoft online services must be run on a domain controller.

Remote Web Access

Updated Remote Web Access is optimized for touch devices and enhanced with rich HTML5 support.

Product specifications

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Feature Description
INCLUDES Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
INSTALLATION METHOD Physical (64 Bit OEM Box) DVD-Rom (Retail Box)
ESTIMATED DELIVERY TIME 30 Minutes 3 - 5 Business Days
USERS SUPPORTED 1 Admin User
DEVICES SUPPORTED 1 Server
INSTALLATIONS SUPPORTED 1 Server Installation 1 Device
LICENSE TYPE Perpetual
LICENSE TERM Indefinite
LICENSED USE Licensed for Home and Commercial Use
BRAND Microsoft
MANUFACTURER PART NUMBER G3S-00716 G3S-00141
MINIMUM HARD DRIVE SPACE 32 GB
MINIMUM MEMORY 512 MB
MINIMUM PROCESSOR SPEED 1.4 GHz

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Compare Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Standard and Datacenter

Standard Included
Core functionality of Windows Server
OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation 2
Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation
Host Guardian Service
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking Stack
Licensing Model Core-based
CAL Requirements Windows Server CAL
MSRP $599
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Essentials Included
Core functionality of Windows Server
OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation
Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation
Host Guardian Service
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking Stack
Licensing Model Specialty servers
CAL Requirements No CAL required
MSRP $399
BUY NOW
Datacenter Included
Core functionality of Windows Server
OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation Unlimited
Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation
Host Guardian Service
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking Stack
Licensing Model Core-based
CAL Requirements Windows Server CAL
MSRP $799
BUY NOW
Feature Essentials Standard Datacenter
Core functionality of Windows Server
OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation 2 Unlimited
Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation
Host Guardian Service
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking stack
Licensing Model Specialty servers Core-based Core-based
CAL Requirements No CAL required Windows Server CAL Windows Server CAL
MSRP $399 $699 $5,449
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Client Deployment

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials provides improved client deployment options. The following improvements and changes are made in the client deployment process for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:
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Connect to a server from a remote location
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The Connector can be used to connect to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials from a remote location.

Trigger automatic VPN
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The Connector can trigger automatic VPN dialing in domain-joined clients, so that customers can always be connected to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials when they are working off-premises.

Connect to other servers without reinstallation
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The Connector can be configured to connect to other servers running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials without reinstallation.

Improved performance
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The Connector performance has been improved by reducing its memory and CPU usage.

Server Deployment

Server deployment options in Windows Server Essentials include:
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials must be the domain controller at the root of the forest and domain, and must hold all the FSMO roles.
Windows Server Essentials Experience as a server role in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012 R2 can be installed as a member server in a domain.
As part of your installation process, you can opt to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as a virtual machine by following instructions in a wizard.

If an Active Directory domain does not exist, installing the role will create an Active Directory domain, and the server will become the domain controller at the root of the forest and domain, holding all the FSMO roles. You can have more than one server with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed in your network.

Open License - Download

You will receive an email with your license and download link.
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MFR # G3S-00716

  • Supports 1 Admin User.
  • 1 Server Installation.
  • Order before 5:00 pm PT to receive within 1-2 business days.

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