how can I replicate the setup of SBS 2011 in the new windows 2012 r2 environment ?

JPD153
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Since Microsoft has discontinued SBS 2011, I am trying to figure out how I can replicate the features I liked in the new Windows 2012.
I want AD, local Exchange server,  RWW, OWA etc. and NO damn cloud stuff
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It's almost impossible! First, Exchange isn't meant to be installed on the same server. Second, the pricing! (You will have to pay the full amount of thousands of dollars)
Cris HannaSr IT Support Engineer
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Actually it's easier than you might imagine.  I would suggest creating a Hyper V Host on the physical box.  Then create your first Hyper V Guest as Windows Server 2012R2, then install the Essentials Role on the server.  This will give you RWA.
Create a second Hyper V Guest for your Exchange Server. The follow this article before installing Exchange  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200172.aspx

But you will be paying a lot more for licenses and CALS

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What are the other options. I despise microsoft and their arrogance telling me what I should do
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Based on your requirements, there are no other options. Replicating it on Linux servers is quite a hassle (even if you're a seasoned Linux expert). Then using Exchange alternatives still means you have to buy the Outlook connectors licenses (after that, you still might have problems using android/iphone devices connecting to it). All in all, nothing is really tied neatly together as with SBS.

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That is waht I was afraid of.
Thanks to all

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