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Windows Server 2016 Essentials with Exchange 2016. Is it feasible solution?

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Have 10 users as of now.
I want to install Windows Server 2016 Essentials on a new & the only physical server in the small business.
Planning to install HyperV role & install 2 virtual instances of Windows server 2016 essential.
In one Virtual machine I would setup active directory with DHCP, DNS & other required stuff.
on another Virtual machine I would install Exchange 2016 standard.

To manage data loss, the server would be running on two sets of RAID 1 HDD. Would set up Microsoft backup on HyperV Host that would backup full server to a 2TB USB 3.0 external HDD. As the budget is low & high availability is not required; I guess this is the most economical solution.

Need the expert advice & comments on this.
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Essentials does not provide 1+2 virtualization rights. So to run two VMs, you will be buying standard with all of the required windows and exchange CALs.  You can, if you choose, install the essentials role on one of those VMs if you want that feature set.but if you were only looking at essentials to save money, that won't work for you.
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by:Akash Bansal
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Thank you Mr. Galiher. You always come first for the rescue. :)

Do we have 1+1 rights with essential? I was not able to find much on microsoft site or elsewhere.

Yes! I am looking for essential to save money on licenses. If I defer or drop exchange installation plan will it be feasible in terms of license & technical aspects? I mean if I install essential in virtual mode (1+1)?
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2012 R2 came with 1+1, but remember that the host OS must be *just* the host. You won't be benefitting from an additional OS install to run software in.

I believe 2016 continues that aspect. But as with any licensing question, contacting Microsoft is always advisable when it comes to licensing. Bad advice, no matter how well intentioned, can get very expensive in legal fees and fines.
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I'd use veeam endpoint backup for the core server and veeam for hyper-v for the  virtual machines. This is free in your scenario
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by:yo_bee
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Windows Essentials (aka SBS) .
This link may help:
http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/microsoft-kills-windows-small-business-server-dont-p or
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_Essentials
Essentials is meant for an environment with a single server and very few users, but gives you what you need, Authentication, Email, File Share, Print and internet.

If you need more servers you will need to go down the road of Standard as other mentioned, but if that is the case the monetary aspect is not going to be a concern.  

You might also might want to look to MS Azure and Office 365 as an option.  Play for what you need model.
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Understanding-Office-365-identity-and-Azure-Active-Directory-06a189e7-5ec6-4af2-94bf-a22ea225a7a9
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"Essentials is meant for an environment with a single server and very few users, but gives you what you need, Authentication, Email, File Share, Print and internet."

Essentials does *not* include any email services. It can integrate with exchange or O365, but both cost extra. Also, no server "gives" you internet. Not even sure what that means....
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Sorry for the misleading information.
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