Description

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials edition is ideal for small businesses that have up to 25 users and want to have a simpler, pre-configured connection to cloud-based services. This edition enables you to run a single virtual instance of Essentials. The licensing for Essentials will continue to be a server license for a two processor server that does not require CALs.

 

How to Convert the Server 2012 R2 Evaluation Edition to Essentials Edition:

Please Run this Command as administrator:
DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerEssentials /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

 

How to Choose Windows Server 2012 R2 Edition:

Server 2012 R2

Ideal for

Licensing model

CAL require

Datacenter Highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments Processor + CAL Windows Server CAL
Standard Physical or minimally virtualized environments Processor + CAL Windows Server CAL
Essentials Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices Server License No CAL required

 

Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016 and Server 2019 comparison :

Feature and description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019 Feature and description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2019
Synchronizing file servers to Azure Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported HTTP/2 Fully Supported Fully Supported
System Insights Fully Supported Latency Optimized Background Transport – LEDBAT Fully Supported
Azure network adaptor Fully Supported IP address management (IPAM) and DNS Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
VM protection Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported MultiPoint services role Fully Supported Fully Supported
Unified management Patial Supported Fully Supported High-availability RDS connection broker Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Storage Spaces Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported SDN with IPv4/IPv6 Patial Supported Patial Supported Fully Supported
Enhanced Storage Spaces Direct (S2D): Patial Supported Fully Supported Enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Fully Supported
Mirror-accelerated parity Patial Supported Fully Supported Shielded VMs for Windows Fully Supported Fully Supported
Nested Mirror Accelerated parity Fully Supported Shielded VMs for Linux Fully Supported
Storage class memory Patial Supported Fully Supported HGS offline mode for shielded VMs: Fully Supported
USB thumb drive (as cluster witness) Fully Supported VM Connect for shielded VMs: Fully Supported
Storage Replica Patial Supported Fully Supported Cluster hardening Fully Supported
Storage Quality of Service (QoS) Fully Supported Fully Supported SDN encrypted subnet: Fully Supported
Data deduplication Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Just-enough administration Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Deduplication for ReFS Fully Supported Just-in-time administration Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Virtual machine storage resiliency Fully Supported Fully Supported Credential guard Fully Supported Fully Supported
Cloud Witness Patial Supported Fully Supported Control flow guard Fully Supported Fully Supported
Storage health monitoring: Fully Supported Fully Supported Device guard (code integrity) Fully Supported Fully Supported
Cluster-wide monitoring Fully Supported Dynamic access control Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Cluster sets Fully Supported AppLocker Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Cluster OS rolling upgrade Fully Supported Fully Supported BitLocker: Patial Supported Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Mixed OS mode cluster Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Linux containers Fully Supported
Site-aware failover clusters Fully Supported Fully Supported Windows Server containers: Fully Supported Fully Supported
Persistent memory Fully Supported Server Core base container image Fully Supported
Linux and FreeBSD workloads Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Nano Server base container image Fully Supported Fully Supported
Hot add and remove for disk, memory, and network Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Server Core Features on Demand Fully Supported
Network controller Fully Supported Fully Supported Kubernetes platform support Fully Supported
Virtual networking Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Group Managed Service Accounts Patial Supported Patial Supported Fully Supported
Software load balancer (SLB) Fully Supported Fully Supported Windows Subsystem for Linux Fully Supported
Virtual network peering Fully Supported Hyper-V isolation Fully Supported
Distributed firewall and micro-segmentation Fully Supported Fully Supported Azure Service Fabric for Windows Server Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Hybrid SDN gateways Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported PowerShell 5.1 Patial Supported Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Improved SDN gateway Fully Supported PowerShell Desired State Configuration Patial Supported Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Converged RDMA Patial Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Visual Studio Code Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Fully Supported .NET Core: Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported Fully Supported
Leap Second Fully Supported

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials System Requirements

 

Required processor

1.4 GHz or faster 64-bit compatible processor

Required memory

512 MB (2 GB for Server with Desktop Experience installation option)

Required hard disk space

32GB available hard disk space

Required video card

1024 x 768 or higher-resolution

1.Email

After the payment, We will email you both download link and product key

2.Download

Copy the download link to your browser to start downloading

3.Activate

Install from the download file , then activate it with the product key

 

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