2nd server in 2012 Essentials environment

Hi all,

I have a potential client who has 2 offices.

He needs to have all data accessible to all staff in both offices, this is mostly word docs and PDFs.

Testing shows that having 1 server with VPN connectivity for the second office is not fast enough for the users to access the data in an efficient manner.

My plan would therefore be to implement a 2 server environment and use DFS to have a copy of all data at both locations. 1x 2012 Essentials providing DC, and 1 Std Server providing DFS access in second location.

My question

Can I do this in an Essentials environment? (Currently 9 users in total and this will probably not go above 12-15 in the next 5 years)
Gareth McKeeCEO/OwnerAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes, but be aware of DFS issues such as version conflicts. These are not unique to essentials.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Keep in mind once you introduce a second server into an Essentials network, you now have to buy Windows CALs for all users.
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