The Difference Between WS2012 Essentials and Foundation

Want to know the difference between WS2012 Essentials and WS2012 Foundation?

Paul Thurrott looks at the differences between these similar offerings in the following areas:

  • Licensing
  • Availability
  • Users
  • Processor count
  • Hyper-V
  • Active Directory
  • Server Core
  • Product focus
  • Management
  • Upgrading

…you should choose Foundation only if you have at least some in-company IT staff and/or are comfortable outsourcing management to a Microsoft partner or solution provider. (And, of course, if that company has 15 or fewer employees.) Essentials makes more sense for those organizations with no IT staff at all…

You can read Paul’s full post here.

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