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Windows Server 2012 Essentials Hits Retail

Those of you considering an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Essentials will be pleased to hear that the platform has finally reached retail stores around the globe.

You’ll find the software now available at a range of online stores, including where it’s listed at $499.99, Microsoft Store where you can spend more, at $545.47. In the UK, check out LambdaTek who have the OS on sale at £292.36.

Here’s the blurb from Microsoft:

An ideal server for small businesses, Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your business data while allowing you to access the information you need from virtually anywhere using almost any device.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the applications you need to run your business and also helps you to quickly connect to additional cloud-based applications and services to extend your server’s functionality.

  • Protect and secure your business. The server’s intuitive user experience and powerful data protection features, such as full client PC backup, can simplify your life and help you focus on your core business.
  • Leverage the power and flexibility of cloud-based services on your terms. Windows Server 2012 Essentials helps you run your business operations, be more efficient, and enjoy competitive advantages by making it easier than ever to use and manage cloud-based applications and services, on-premises applications, or a combination of both.
  • Access your resources from virtually everywhere using almost any device. Empower your remote workforce with the freedom to work where and when they choose with an Internet connection and web browser.



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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • Too expensive to even consider! I’ll be using WHS 2011 for awhile, I guess…

  • bobbyc

    Thanks for the article Terry. I agree Art, this is an expensive option for the home server community. But, should be very nice for entry level business community.

  • Memristor

    Or you can get it from for $400.87. I bought a couple last week for some small offices that I’m managing in my free time. Haven’t set them up yet, but will do so over Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Rychek

    I’m trying it at home currently. Been getting it setup all weekend. I’m hoping the folder redirection/group policy will help automate my non-full system backups.

  • How much???!!!!

    actually less than I expected, so perhaps Microsoft were just softening us up.

  • ncarty97

    Any chance of an article comparing WHS2011 to W2012e like the WHSv1 vs WHS2011 comparison?

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