Comparing Standard to Essentials

On October 3, 2013, in Essentials, by

I was asked about comparing Standard to Essentials 2012 R2.  Now days since you can install the Essentials role in R2 the feature set is much more blurred…

What isn’t blurred in the RDS/Windows Cal problem.  When you deploy the Essentials SKU you don’t need RDS or Windows Server cals.

When you deploy the Essentials ROLE – you’ll need both RDS cals and Windows cals.

Feature

Included in Essentials 2012 R2 SKU

Included in Standard 2012 R2

Remote Web Access

Yes

In the Essentials Role

Need RDS cals to use RWA

No (Only for the SKU – if you downgrade from standard you’ll still need RDS cals and Windows Cals)

Yes

Need Windows Standard cals

No

Yes

Office 365 password sync

Yes

In the Essentials role

Price

$500

$800

HyperV

Kinda – there’s an OEM HyperV option but you can only virtualize Essentials with no rights for Guests

1+2 HyperV rights

User wizard

Yes

Only in the Essentials role

Client backup

Yes

Only in the Essentials role

Max users

25 – cals unneeded

You need to buy cals

Can transmog from Essentials up to Standard

Yes

n.a.

Can run Work Folders

Not at the same time on Essentials

Not at the same time with the Essentials SKU

Includes Exchange

No

No

Can support Exchange on a member server

Yes

Yes

Can support Office 365

Yes

Yes

 

2 Responses to Comparing Standard to Essentials

  1. Joe Raby says:

    Um….so….If you don’t need extra VM’s, don’t buy Standard. Save the difference in price, AND the cost of CAL’s. The limited VM support in Essentials is just there for the migration features.

    Is that about right?

    Quick refresher questions about Standard/Datacenter: Can you install the Essentials role on multiple servers on the same domain? Are there any client management limitations with Standard/Datacenter running the Essentials role i.e. can only manage 25 PC’s via the Dashboard, etc.?

  2. EricE says:

    Is 2012 Essentials R2 out yet? Does anyone have a SKU or part number?