Server 2012 r2 with server essentials Advice needed.
Posted on 2014-03-25
I am just about to implement my first Server 2012 r2 running effectively as a Small Business Server. Because the client was running SBS 2003 and in sore need of an update and currently they have 45 users the Server 2012 R2 Essentials will not cater for that as it limits the number of users to 25.
On reading up what my options are it appears that Server 2012 R2 Standard with the Windows Server Essentials Experience should create a system, that is similar to SBS. I also want to run SQL Server and Exchange Server so have purchased the client licences for those and the CALS needed. I understand that you cannot put Exchange Server onto the same server as the Domain Controller and it's recommended that you don't put SQL on it as well, though by testing I have found SQL Server 2012 will install OK on the domain controller but it's not a recommended configuration.
I have decided therefore to install Server 2012R2 in GUI mode onto my PowerEdge T610 and just install the Hyper-V Role.
I will then create 2 Virtual Server 2012 R2s using Hyper-V, one running the Server Essentials Role and the other just running Server 2012 R2 and Exchange and SQL Server.
The questions I have are:
1. What other roles should be installed on the Server that will run the SQL Server and Exchange Server so that SQL and Exchange server function properly alongside the Server Essentials server.
2. Apart from the Server Essentials Experience what other roles should be added to give all the same capabilities as an SBS 2011 server.
3. I have one Server 2012 R2 Standard licence and I understand it allows you to run 2 virtual instances like this. Is this correct or do I have this wrong?
4. Why can't Microsoft carry on producing Small Business Server it was a perfectly good product!? Don't answer that one it's just a rant by me! :)