Server 2012 Essentials or Server 2012 R2 Essentials

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  1. demon148

    demon148 MDL Novice

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    Hi, I am looking to replace my ever aging Windows Home Server V1 machine which has been trustworthy from day 1. I refused to use 2011, because I did need DE and wasn't comfortable using a 3rd party add in, so anyway what is the differences between Essentials and Essentials R2? I am thinking it might be easier to install Essentials and leave R2 due to the fact that there is no way to activate R2 safely at present.
     
  2. EFA11

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  3. demon148

    demon148 MDL Novice

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    Thank You EFA11
     
  4. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Don't forget that you can add the 'Essentials' part as a feature to both Server 2012 R2 Standard and Data Centre, so if you have a genuine key for either of those you don't have to worry about activation.
     
  5. andy_d11

    andy_d11 MDL Novice

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    Mind elaborating? I was hoping to use Server Essentials R2 but my Dreamspark access only gives me keys for Server 2012 R2. How would you be able to add? I don't need a Server Essentials key?
     
  6. troels

    troels MDL Member

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    In Server Manager you can ad Essentials as a role. Then you have a Server Essentials R2. Under the covers, Essentials R2 is really just Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role enabled. (Paul Thurrott).
     
  7. andy_d11

    andy_d11 MDL Novice

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    Awesome...thanks for the info!
     
  8. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Yep, what he said. ^ ;)

    I'm in the same situation. My Dreamspark account is for 'Server 2012 R2 Standard' only, so I installed it and added the Essentials role. Now I'm using it, in place of my '2012 Essentials Server' which was running out of 'Rearms' o_O