So you want to buy Windows 2012 Essentials via VLSC for a new client who’s never before bought VLSC licenses right? And Essentials is seen as a unit of ONE and thus is not allowed to be bought alone – as you need to buy in a minimum unit of five?
So why did SBS 2011 standard work in the VLSC system? Because it was seen as 5 due to it’s 5 included licenses. So here’s how you play Microsoft’s little VLSC game.
Buy 4 of the cheapest thing they have on their order list.
Try 4 licenses of SKU-66J-05383 Win Pro DVD Playback $6 each
Doesn’t have to be anything you actually use or legal to use without something else. The thing here is to get SOMETHING else to get you past the 5 mark.
Yes, it’s dumb. Yes, it’s a sign that VLSC isn’t as SMB friendly – and especially Essentials friendly – as it should be.
Does it work? Yes.