… you know what concerns me most about Windows 2012 Essentials? The perceptions that are building up.
1. It’s a replacement for Home server users.
Well.. at $425 a pop versus $50 I’m not sure who is smoking what, but that’s not a replacement in my mind. Plus this sucker is a domain controller. http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-server/windows-server-2012-essentials-domain-workgroup-144357 No matter how much you want to put lipstick on a pig, there’s still active directory under the hood, it’s still a DC, it still joins PCs to the domain and if you don’t want that you need to jump through some hoops.
2. There’s purchasers and then there is purchasers….
One of the things I’ve noticed about SBS and Home server over the years is the “Technet” problem as I’m going to call it. The folks that have access to/or buy Technet subscription and then just consider it their software to do with what they want. So they will download and install it at home and use it..and then beat it up in the process as it’s also their test bed for everything else they want to do or plan to do. So you’ll get people hacking up the IIS, ripping it out, trying to make the server not a DC, installing wordpress sites, wanting to host external web sites and any number of things that just make me wince. And to top it off, tend to stick it on less than optimal equipment. It’s a domain controller guys so beating it up, reinstalling it and then expecting your workstations to just magically rejoin it, ain’t gonna happen.
3. The “it’s the first server”
To me that’s a phase I wish they would put a stake in and kill it off. http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/10/04/windows-server-2012-storage-virtualization-for-smbs/ You can even see in talked about there. If a small firm only needs one server, one could argue that even Essentials is too much and they need a nice fluffy cloud and a jungle disk mapped drive to serve their needs. What Essentials can be is the start of a network, not just the first server. It’s a nice partner to MultiPoint 2012 (still in beta) and can even be virtualized. Too many people see that “first server” label and think it can be the ONLY server and that’s dead wrong.
I just wish people would stop putting labels on it so that everyone doesn’t build up perceptions about it until it’s fully baked.