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What are the limitations of running Windows 2012 essentials?

Hyper V Hosts?
Active Directory?
Exchange 2010 /2013 running on it?
Terminal Server?

DO you get any CALS with it?
Does it's backup facility allow Exchange backup or just file level?

Could I run 2012 essentials as a Hyper V Host and run 3 Hyper V guests under it?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Essentials 2012 cannot be a hyper-v host.
It *must* be a domain controller.
It is not recommended to run exchange on any domain controller.
Running RDS is not supported. Like exhcnage, a member server should be used.

No CALs are included.
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Essentials cannot be a Hyper V Host? the white paper document states that Hyper V is now included?

What is the 25 limit for essentials then? Does that allow 25 people to connect to that server without purchasing a CAL and then buy additional CALS for additional Essential Servers?
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Don't confuse 2012 and 2012 R2.

2012 cannot be a hyper-v host.

2012 R2 can only use hyper-v to host a guest installation of itself. It *cannot* host other VMs. If you want to host other VMs, you need to use something besides essentials as the host.

Regarding users. Essentials does not use a CAL licensing model. It is limited to 25 users, but those users do not need a CAL to access essentials. If you add a server that does require CALs, like server standard or datacenter, then CALs are required to access those servers because that is how their licensing works.

You would not have "additional essentials servers." Essentials, like SBS before it, has to be a DC and hold all FSMO roles. So you cannot have two in the same domain.
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Excellent. Last question before I give you the points. My customer has SBS 2003 already. Would you recommend I upgrade them to SBS 2011 before it drops off or move to essentials if there is an upgrade path?
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I can't give you a clear answer there. Some clients may be better served by 2012, others by SBS 2011. I'd want to have a fill discussion with the client on needs, budget, planned growth, and more before making that determination.
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Do you know if you can upgrade from SBS 2003 to Essentials? IS there a guide for this?
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There is a guide on TechNet.
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