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Old 11-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Windows server essentials 2011 vs 2012

I was planning on doing a server upgrade this weekend to Server Essentials 2012 but just checked Newegg and found that 2012 is over a hundred dollars more expensive. I've been toying around with a 2012 demo but haven't worked with 2011 yet. Does anyone know what the difference is besides the ui redesign? I did a quick google and didn't find anything.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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You mean Windows Home Server 2011 vs Windows Server Essentials 2012? What sort of server duties do you require?

http://winsupersite.com/article/wind...acement-144275

The most interesting feature WSE2012 brings, imo, is ReFS. But I don't think that's worth the cost.

For simple home use, I'd probably just go with a copy of Windows 8 Pro. Win8 has the new Storage Spaces, drive-extender-like functionality which was dropped in WHS 2011. Most typical home server services can be achieved with other, free, software.

- Media streaming: Plex Home Server, UPnP/DLNA, Google Play/Amazon Cloud ($)/iTunes Match ($)
- File Backup: Crashplan
- System Image: Windows Backup + Network Share
- Remote Access: Teamviewer
- VPN: Hamachi
- Web Services: IIS or Apache
- Database: SQL Server Express, MySQL, Postgres, etc...
- SSH/SFTP: cygwin

Probably more hassle to setup, but a helluva lot cheaper.

Also consider something like FreeNAS or other *nix home servers.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #3
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For business
Small Business Essentials 2011 vs Microsoft Server Essentials 2012

They do pretty much the same thing but MS dropped the small business monicker
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:47 PM   #4
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For business
Small Business Essentials 2011 vs Microsoft Server Essentials 2012

They do pretty much the same thing but MS dropped the small business monicker
Oohh. Yeah, I dunno.
http://winsupersite.com/article/wind...entials-144448

It seems ReFS, Storage Spaces and large disk support are new for 2012. You lose built-in exchange and sharepoint.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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I should have made this in operating systems, any mod want to move it?
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