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I need to setup a exchange 2013 server for 50 users, I need to do this fairly quickly and the server will be place for quite a few years. At the moment we are running 365 online but we need to move the exchange server back in house.

I know that exchange 2013 won't work with 2012 R2 until exchange 2013 sp1 is released, but also am told you get two 2008 R2 licences to run on 2012 R2 as hyper-v boxes so.

1.) Do I tell my boss we have to wait for Exchange server Sp1 and run it off the 2012 box directly?

2.) Or do I installed 2012 and exchange 2013 via hyper-v installed on one of 2008 R2 licenses.

3.) And if I run exchange 2013 on a hyper-v box and install in on to a system with removable disk can I take the disk and run the vhd from anther 2012 box with Hyper V as disaster recovery backup?

Thanks Ian.
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With a standard edition of Windows 2012 or 2012 R2 you can run two virtual machines. If the licence is for 2012 R2 then it can be that version or older. Exchange 2013 will run on Windows 2012, not 2012 R2.

Personally, if you can wait a little longer I would hold off until SP1 is released. It is due very shortly, hopefully by the end of next month.
Then deploy straight on to Windows 2012 R2.

Do you have multiple domain controllers? If not then I would still plan to use the two VM licences and have a second domain controller on the same server.

Simon.
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