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Windows 2012 Foundation Limitation

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Hello,

I need to deploy a new Windows 2012 server with 10 users. Single server, single domain, AD, DNS, DHCP

I was thinking of Windows 2012 Foundation Edition but I have 2 questions:

- I need to install 5 RDS CAL for remote users. It is OK with Windows 2012 FOundation? (I know is it not recommended to install RDS on AD but it works in a 2008 Standard Edition and my question is if it works the same way with 2012 Foundation Edition)

- If I want later to add a second DC Windows 2008 Standard Edition in the domain, will it be possible?

- I wont be able to create more that 15 users in AD? or only 15 users will be able to connect at the same time to the server? What happens if a 16th user try to open a shared folder?
 
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- I need to install 5 RDS CAL for remote users. It is OK with Windows 2012 FOundation? (I know is it not recommended to install RDS on AD but it works in a 2008 Standard Edition and my question is if it works the same way with 2012 Foundation Edition)
Not recommended, but still fully possible.

- If I want later to add a second DC Windows 2008 Standard Edition in the domain, will it be possible?
Again, yes, there is nothing that will stop you from doing this.

What I would do instead of trying this scenario, is to purchase a copy of Windows Server 2012 Standard.  This gives you the right to license and install 2012 on 2 VMs.  You can install the 2012 on a physical computer then create two VMs and you will take care of the problem of having to have a limited number of users for Essentials as well as the problem of needing another server down the road.

See this PDF:  WS2012-Licensing-Pricing-FAQ.pdf
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