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Is there anyway to get 2 security essentials on the same domain. Acting as 2 DCs?
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Larry Struckmeyer MVP earned 250 total points
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Sorry, no.  but if it is more users you are after you can "transmog" out of the limits, pay for all the CALs from 1 to X and keep the Essentials services.

If you need, want something besides more users, tell us what it is please.
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Why do you need 2 2012 Essentials?  You can have 2 2012 DC's.
One option is to buy a volume license for server 2012.  This gives you rights to a Server 2012 Hyper-V host, and 2 Server 2012 VM's.  It also allows you to downgrade 1 of the VM's to 2012 Essentials.  After doing so you can join the second 2012 VM to the domain and promote it to be a DC.  You have all of the benefits of Essentials and a second DC.  However needing a second DC in a 25 user environment is not common.  As  fl_flyfishing you would also need CAL's for every user as soon as you add the second DC.  Stand alone Essentials does not require CAL's.
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