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  • Question

  • Hello,

    when I have a domain with one Server 2012 R2 Essentials, 20 Client PCs with 20 Users and I want to protect against domain controller failure by installaing a second DC, can I install a second Server 2012 R2 Essentials in that domain or do I have do buy the Standard Edition and 20 CALs?

    Many Greetings


    Friday, September 20, 2013 9:26 AM


  • Hi,

    We could not join a second Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 to an existing Windows Server 2012 Essentials domain. You will need to purchase Windows Server 2012 Standard plus appropriate CALs

    Hope this helps.

    Best Regards,

    Andy Qi

    Andy Qi
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Guth Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:42 AM
    Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:50 AM