What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – TechNet Library – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303448.aspx

Windows Server Essentials is now available in two forms:

  • as a server role – Windows Server Essentials
    Experience, in the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server
    2012 R2 Preview. Installing the Windows Server Essentials Experience
    role on Windows Server
    2012 R2 Preview provides you all the features and functionalities (such
    as dashboard, client computer backups, and Remote Web Access) of
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview without the locks and limits
    imposed on it. For more information about this new
    server role, see Windows Server Essentials Experience Overview.
  • as a core Windows Server edition – Windows
    Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview. As a part of your installation
    process, you can now opt to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
    Preview as a virtual machine
    using a wizard.

(thanks to Tom for the links)



3 Responses to What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

  1. Joe Raby says:

    This just goes to show that licensing restrictions based on price points should be separated from features. There are small businesses that want features that Server Standard has but Essentials doesn’t, but Standard is too expensive. Likewise, Essentials-exclusive components being added to Datacenter obviously shows that IT folks are looking for simplified management, even with larger numbers of clients.

    Why can’t they just make a single version of Windows Server that has EVERYTHING, but just charge based on CAL’s??

    Or else charge almost nothing for the base OS (start with Hyper-V Server for free, for instance) and just charge for roles as cheap add-ons, thereby allowing any custom OS build based on actual usage? Let customers build their own Franken-server! So, say a customer needs Windows Server for installing roles. Make the price of entry maybe $100. And say a customer needs the DHCP role. That’s $30. AD and DNS? Say $75 for that add-on. WSUS? Maybe $60. I’d like to call this SaaP, or Services-as-a-Product (how novel!). Wouldn’t this be easier for Microsoft too, in that they could focus R&D on real-world usage of plug-in roles by just looking at sales figures of each add-on?

  2. Pete P says:

    Any word about if you can do an in-place upgrade to R2?

  3. bradley says:

    No inplace