Windows server essentials 2011 vs 2012

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  1. Cancer12

    Cancer12 Senior member

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    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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  2. Gooberlx2

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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/win...012-essentials-home-server-replacement-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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  3. Cancer12

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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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    I should have made this in operating systems, any mod want to move it?