Microsoft Exchange for Home Use.

Hello, I am setting up an Exchange server for home use. I am going use vmware on one box. What versions of Windows Server and Exchange do I need. Can I set up one vm with Server 2012 Essentials as my domain controller then another with Server 2012 Essentials and load Exchange on that? I guess I am asking how do I get this all set up on one box and license it all correctly. I will have 5 users max.

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As far as I know you'd need a standard server, not with essentials, as your 2nd server for exchange.

But anyway, in my point of view an exchange server for home use is far too expensive and overkill just for home use, and it will require a lot of admin (your time) to keep it running properly for any length of time.

Much better and economical would be to setup OpenChange on a Zentyal Server. This is based on Ubuntu Server, the community version is completely free, it is very easy to setup and configure. Includes an AD compatible server, OpenChange which is compatible to exchange, file-server, gateway etc.:

The configuration and administration is done very easily through your web-browser, and it is modular, so you can easily add those functions you need. You can compare it to m$'s SBS servers in it's functions.
madunix (Fadi SODAH)Chief Information Security Officer Commented:
Beside exchange , hmailserver looks like a good alternative on windows
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
1. You will need a box with approx 16GB of memory
2. Windows 2012 Standard ($882USD) and Exchange Standard.($708USD)
3. 5 x user cal's for exchange @ approx $80USD ($400) . 5 user Server CAL $189.00
4. Approx $2180/USD total compared to O365 ($41/month (53 months)  (with Office Suite) or $25/month (87 months) without.

You are responsible for setup / maintenance / backup/ power/connection to internet and cooling for on-site which raises the price and lowers your availability.

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daskas27Author Commented:
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