Windows Server 2016 Standard install questions.
I have a client that currently has an SBS 2011 Standard installation (10 users) that needs to be replaced. Initially I was looking at a physical server (Dell T330 with Single CPU - 4 Cores, 32Gbs of RAM) with Windows Server 2016 Essentials. A straight forward basic install. O365 Exchange On-Line Plans I and II will take care of hosting their mailboxes.
However, this client now has a remote office with two or three users. They currently have one user that remotes into an existing computer to access applications (Needles database, Quickbooks, company files, local Exchange mailbox.
So, I was thinking of acquiring MS RDP CALS (5 licenses). However, the server would be a Hyper-V server with two VMs (1 VM for AD, company file storage, and hosting the Needles and QB databases), and the second VM would serve as an RDP Server with (5) licenses.
I do like Windows Server 2016 Essentials mainly for the built-in Remote Anywhere Access and 25 free CALs, and would still like to install it as a VM.
1. So, I need to know can Windows Server 2016 Standard allow installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials as a VM with the Standard license, or will an additional Windows Server 2016 Essentials license need to be acquired.
I am thinking a Windows Server 2016 Standard license allows installing a downgraded VM as an Essentials server, but I am not entirely sure.
2. Since the server will be purchased with (1) Intel E-3-1240 v5 3.5GHz, 8M cache, 4C/8T processor will that be sufficient processing power for the hypervisor and the two proposed VMs. I would imagine I could allocate 2 virtual processors per VM should suffice with a (4) logical processors. I would think dedicating 12Gbs or RAM for each VM ought to be sufficient. Resource control may also be another avenue. I've always dedicated both processors and RAM for VMs, but may need to consider it.
3. Referencing the RDP CALS, and licensing:
a. How will Windows Serve 2016 client licenses need to be purchased. I was hoping we could take advantage of the free 25 -CALs from Essentials server for all the computers residing at the main office, and acquire (5) CALs for the RDP server.
b. How will MS Office 2016 Standard need to be licensed. I am not sure whether O365 will work with RDP, and most likely Volume Licensing may need to be purchased instead. I am wanting the employees at the remote office to VPN into the main office and remote desktop into the RDP server to access their desktops.
Your feedback is appreciated.