What are the advantages to Server 2012 Essentials or Foundations

Are there any besides cost? If you have to migrate someone from SBS 2003 or SBS 2008 why wouldn't you just migrate them to Server 2012 Standard?
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Yes cost essentially.

It is more a case of do i need the full features and VM capability. If not then why pay more.

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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
That seems to be the question. Do you actually pay more in the long run? Migrating from SBS to anything is/was a time consuming monster whereas migrating from Standard to Standard is a piece of cake. You might save $700-$800 up front going with Essentials but you use to lose it all and more when it came time to migrate. If you migrate to Essentials now will it be a pain in the butt to get off of in 5-10 years?
Well true. I think if you are a small business with only yourself and a couple of others working there and cant see it growing beyond the licensed user count and use it for use file storage, possibly exchange and remote access then take the cheap option. If there is any doubt over capacity then do for standard, and of course if you going to go multi-server and VM's then go Datacentre and be covered.
Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
We seem to be discounting the features of Essentials.  Remote Access, PC Backup for all the pcs in the domain, centralized dashboard and wizards to manage it, integration with local Exchange or O365, pc health monitoring and more.

Also, if you choose Standard you can install the Essentials Role, either on a VM or on metal.  If VM you can have one VM for Essentials as the DC and another VM as Exchange or RDS or whatever.  But as a Role it requires Server CALs and supports 100 users +/-.
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