Tue, Sep 18 2012 22:38
Serving two masters
Windows Server 2012 Essentials: The Home Server Replacement:
I'm a little concerned that he likes Essentials. Because he's going to advocate the "everything in the cloud" idea and I still think that combined with an on premise Exchange it can be an on premise solution as well. I'm concerned that the product is trying to serve two masters of the home and small business marketplace and won't quite fit either one as well as it should. And then if consultants read that Essentials is the "Home server" replacement, they will blow it off and not look at it as a building block for on premise solutions.
Mind you we have to wait for that blend to be supported - http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/09/14/windows-server-2012-and-exchange.aspx as we have to wait for Exchange 2010 to be fully supported on Windows 2012.
One recent change in the pdf - http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf
So if I'm reading that right, you can take one of your virtualization rights and 'downgrade' it to Windows 2012 essentials.
But Paul, don't call it a "Home server" replacement, call it a building block will ya?
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