Windows Server 2012 Essentials (up to 25 Users) Download

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials is an ideal server for small businesses. It provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your business data while allowing you to access the information you need from virtually anywhere by using almost any device. Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides easier setup, installation, and migration experiences, a simplified management experience, and better network-wide security features. It incorporates the latest Microsoft technologies for management, networking, data storage and backup, security, and document and printer sharing. Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides integration capabilities for cloud-based applications and services, allowing you the flexibility to choose the best environment for your line-of-business and collaboration solutions. It is designed and priced for small businesses with a maximum of 25 users and 50 devices. Windows Server 2012 Essentials is licensed per server, so no CALs are required.


Choose the Windows Server 2012 Edition That's Right For You


  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials: For small to medium businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard: For small to medium sized businesses that have minimal virtualization.
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter: For larger environments that are highly virtualized.


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Users Up to 25 Users Unlimited Unlimited
Licensing Model No CALS Needed Processor + CAL Processor + CAL
Virtualization None 2 Virtual Machines Unlimited Virtual Machines
Domain Join Limited Capabilities Yes Yes
Features Limited Features All Features All Features
Maximum Ram 64 GB 4 TB 4 TB


What is the difference between Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2?

Server 2012 is the original release while Server 2012 R2 is the second release. R2 has additional features, updates, and security patches. Some of the key new features of Server 2012 R2 are Storage Tiering, Storage Pinning, Desired State Configuration, and Work folders. Click Here to view Server 2012 Essentials R2

Installing Server 2012 Essentials

You will need to do a clean install to install Server 2012 Essentials. This requires you to format your hard drive and all data will be lost. If you had a previous version of server installed please make sure to back up all your data before installing Server 2012 essentials.


  • Processor: Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit Processor
  • RAM: Minimum: 512 MB
  • Disk Space: Minimum: 32 GB


Note: Be aware that 32 GB should be considered an absolute minimum value for successful installation.