Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Server Essentials 2012
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Easy to install for Small Business with a single server but a hassle returning for a defective DVD
Thomas S., Newegg
26 January 2016
Summary: The problem was with NewEgg returns. It took nearly 2 months of eMails with NewEgg to finally be able to return the product because it contained a defective DVD that no drive would recognize let alone read.
Pros: Sets up easily, especially with the Dashboard. But this is going into a small business with less than 20 employees primarily as a file server but also running the SonicWall Analyzer software.
Cons: None for the size of this customers business.
Summary: All I needed was a WSUS server for a small business. The description says it can be a member server but if you research this you will find it has to be a member server on a domain with a 2012 R2 Essentials server as the sole domain controller.
Pros: It's kind of like a 2012 R2 OS, not sure if that is a pro or a con though.
Cons: Essentials is horrible. Has to be the sole domain controller or it can be a member server as long as there is an Essentials server as the sole domain controller. Still has all the annoying limitations of small business server.
Summary: I don't know why but it will not backup to a partition on an internal drive. The drive must be dedicated to backup. I installed on an SSD and it backs-up to another internal mechanical drive. I need to rethink this.
Pros: Does what you need.
Cons: You will have to install DHCP and DNS to get Active Directory to work properly. Very odd. Windows 8 interface. Very odd.
Pros: - Significantly faster for all aspects than WHS v2 (2011). Mapped drives come up instantly without the brief pause that occurred with WHS - Servio works well with PS3...more reliable with less erros - VPN integration allows me to map my surface pro 2 via cellphone to all connected drives...works ...
Cons: - Cost....but benefits have definitely been worth every penny! - Remote connect gives you two different methods...but unfortunately you choose which one you'd like. Therefore, going to http://server.homeserver.com will take you to standard folder view OR to a remote desktop...I wish you could cho...
Summary: I've previously used Windows Home Server 2011 which had similar features, but only supported 10 PCs instead of 25. 10 was adequate for a home user. Sad to see that Microsoft discontinued WHS product line. It's the best backup software I've come across for a PC.
Pros: Really like the backup software. Very helpful for backing up the 5 computers on my home network. Having a common location for media for the whole home is also great.
Pros: Excellent Server OS that is a great replacement for WHS.
Cons: Microsoft is very general about system requirements; most any reasonably powerful system meets the specs. What they don't tell you is that you might have a hard time getting drivers for a system based on a desktop motherboard. For example, Intel does not provide a driver for Windows Server for it...
Summary: Once I got a feel for how the wizards and new interfaces work, I have to say I'm a believer. They really do save time accomplishing 90% of the repetitive setup steps with clients. I'd guess I can roll out a new client server configuration in half the time. Basic install came to about 13 gigs.
Pros: The price to feature set of this Windows Server package is great. 25 Client licenses and all the basic features most small offices need (File & Print Sharing, Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, etc). The Included windows backup is quite good and the ability to backup workstations as a complete restorab...
Cons: At first glance the 'wizardy' setup and streamlined admin menus are off-putting for us old timers who've been working with MS server since the NT days. Expect to re-install a couple times to learn the 'correct' answers to the wizards and you'll get a system configured exactly how you want. Someti...
Summary: 2012 R2 Essentials license DOES include virtualization rights. You get (1) Physical and (1) Virtual instance. In this configuration, the Physical instance can ONLY run the Hyper-V role, you must remove all other roles to be in compliance.
Pros: Perfect for home or small office usage, and IMO the price isn't terrible considering it includes CALs for 25 users/50 devices. Really loving the centralized client backup feature. works great, and it utilizes data de-duplication to maximize storage efficiency. My other favorite Server 2012 featur...