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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal first server that not only helps to reduce costs and increase productivity, but it also can be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials enables small businesses to protect, centralize, organize, and access their applications and information from almost anywhere using virtually any device.

Need more information about Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials? See the product details page.


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Over the years since Windows Server 2016 Essentials was released, we have been working hard on the next solution for large and small businesses alike: Microsoft 365. We highly recommend Microsoft 365 for small business customers as a replacement for all versions of Windows Server Essentials. Microsoft 365 is a modern solution for file sharing and collaboration, and includes Microsoft 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

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  1.      Review Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials system requirements.
  2.      Register, then download and install. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials evaluation editions expire in 180 days.
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Installation Guidelines

  •     Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials will need to be re-installed when moving from prior versions to production bits.
  •     See the Installation, Migration, and Upgrade information.
  •     Product key: R9N79-23MWD-MBP9B-KHF8Q-C36WX

Things to Know

  •     More than 25 users or 50 devices?
  •     Did you know that you can run Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials within Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter?

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