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Are you looking at an alternative solution to Small Business Server Standard edition ? Let me discuss a supported solution, that will scale beyond 25 users, while keeping value-add features of Windows Server 2012 Essentials, such as Remote Web Access!!!
Target Customer Needs:
Robust virtualization platform with two virtual instances. (one instance can be Windows Server 2012 Essentials to take advantage of its value-add features)
Affordable storage and continuous availability features.
Support for RDS and virtual desktop infrastructure. (requires add’l licensing)
Maximum control and LOB integration support with on-premises Exchange Server.
What to Sell:
The Host server will be Server 2012 Standard edition, which includes licensing for 2 virtual machines.
VM#1 – Use “Down-Version” rights to install Server Essentials 2012 as the DC, and get the Value Add features of Essentials.
VM#2 – Install Server 2012 Standard edition, then install Exchange Standard, or SQL, or LOB application, whatever your customer needs.
Growing beyond 25 users transition:
Ability to perform an in-place license transition from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 Standard.
Most of the value-added features of Essentials will remain, but the locks and limits will be removed, e.g., gaining the ability to have Active Directory trust relationships.
The value-added features of Essentials 2012 will not scale indefinitely, but for supportability purposes will be subject to a maximum of 75 users and 75 devices. My personal recommendation would be to target 50 users.
Customers will need to purchase a full copy of Windows Server 2012 Standard and the appropriate number of CALs for their users/devices to be license compliant.