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Server 2012 R2 Essentials

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Windows SBS server 2011 is no longer being sold retail which is a shame.

If you're a small office looking for a new server, and not already running SBS 2011, you may want to consider Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Microsoft's
Server 2012 comes in 4 flavours; Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacentre.

The important thing is, like SBS 2011 Essentials version, this release does not have Exchange server. If your company is using / want’s to use a cloud email and document options such as Google Docs or Office 365 (the latter it integrates with and you have 25 users or less then this may be a good option for you.

The good news is it doesn’t require any extra CALs but you are limited to 25 users and 2 physical processors. You can also integrate this with an on premises exchange server if you have one or a 3rd part hosted exchange service. It is important to plan what email route you wish to go down.- 3rd party Exchange, cloud services such as GoogleDocs or Office 365 or your own Exchange server.

Essentials 2012 comes with a simplified dashboard aimed at the less technical to manage users, remote access and backups like SBS.

What else is new?

Storage Spaces feature – features the ability to aggregate the storage capacity of separate drives, dynamically add drives and specify 1 of 3 levels of ‘resilience’.  Mirror, parity and simple, in case you’re wondering)

Windows Azure Backup Service - allows you to back up your server settings to Windows azure cloud storage

Integrated Cloud Services - including Office 365 distribution groups management

Integrated health reports - Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials monitors its own health status and the status of client computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Mac OS X version 10.5 and above.  These include disc space

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.


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