Windows Server 2012 Essentials hits RTM; launches Nov. 1st

While Windows Server 2012 reached the RTM stage of development at the same time as Windows 8 on August 1st, its small business and home office cousin, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, has just now reached that stage of development.

In a post on the official Windows Server blog, Microsoft said that the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 Essentials is now ready for evaluation by the company's hardware partners. The product will officially go on sale on November 1st and Microsoft says that server hardware companies will start to sell products with Windows Server 2012 Essentials pre-installed by the end of the year.

Microsoft is hyping up the software's various features, including how it can link to "Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices for a superior experience with rich modern 'My Server' apps."

While this software is designed for small businesses, it is also supposed to be the replacement for Windows Home Server, which Microsoft launched in 2007 but decided to discontinue earlier this year. Microsoft said it has already seen a lot of interest in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, stating, "In 8 weeks of public previews, we’ve had more than 23,000 downloads—far surpassing pre-release downloads of past versions." A trial version of the software is now available to download from Microsoft.

Source: Windows Server blog | Image via Microsoft

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TruckWEB said,
Downloaded, will replace my WHS with this... and learn.

It's really meant for a business environment. Keep WHS.

I've had a Proliant Microserver sitting in a box waiting for this for the last two weeks. Downloading now

dopydope said,
Question is : is it gonna be *priced* to replace WHS ? Or available for MSDN subscriptions ?

Answer 1, no it's like $499

Answer 2, yes for testing/development usage.

I wonder if Server Essentials does like Home Server does on initial install and format all hard drives in the computer upon installation.

devHead said,
I wonder if Server Essentials does like Home Server does on initial install and format all hard drives in the computer upon installation.

Pretty sure it does, and also you are REQUIRED to create a domain and join your home systems to that domain, there are some work arounds for joining the home systems to it, but you are still required to create it.

devHead said,
I wonder if Server Essentials does like Home Server does on initial install and format all hard drives in the computer upon installation.

Yes it does. I have the RC installed and it does require the 160 GB minimum like WHS 2011 did.

xendrome said,

Pretty sure it does, and also you are REQUIRED to create a domain and join your home systems to that domain, there are some work arounds for joining the home systems to it, but you are still required to create it.

There's more information about avoiding joining the domain here:

http://www.winsupersite.com/ar...ws-7-8-home-versions-144442

It's aimed at the Home versions of Windows but includes links related to the Professional versions.