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  • Hi guys

    We have been attempting to pick our way through all of the info on the different versions of Server 2012. I wanted to confirm a few thing before we made any purchases, but when we called the sales team they told us the question was too technical and we would have to come here.

    We are currently working in a domain environment. We have 5 seperate locations, each with a server box in it, and a hand full of users. Each of the server boxes handles logins, security ect at each respective location, and the box in the central location acts as the domain controller.

    Are we correct in assuming that Foundation and Essentials are pretty much out of the question for us? The fact that they have to be the root and DC pretty much limits you to only one installation of Essentials or Foundation per domain, yes? 

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 7:16 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your posting.

    Windows Server 2012 Foundation Domain requirements:Must be the root domain controller in a domain that has no trusts at the root of the forest. This condition is temporarily allowed for migrations, but if persistent, the system will be forced to restart.

    And for the Windows Server 2012 Essentials, please refer to:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn281793.aspx

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:25 AM
    Moderator
  • a reseller/partner will be able to ask you the right questions, to get the whole picture, and then give you the best advice. that's why resellers/partners get trained by MS, so they can translate the gibberish into a plan for you!

    this will get you from your current state, to your future state, and factor in growth and your budget etc


    Don
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    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:39 AM
  • Hello,

    Windows server foundation allows up to 15 users and Windows server essentials up to 25 users, so how many in total do you have, a handful is not really clear?

    You should also count a second DC/DNS/GC in the domain as this is recommended for fail over and redundancy reason. A single DC domain is lost if you don't have at least an AD aware backup as described in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771290(v=ws.10).aspx


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    MVP, MCP, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    My Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/mweber/

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:46 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your posting.

    Windows Server 2012 Foundation Domain requirements:Must be the root domain controller in a domain that has no trusts at the root of the forest. This condition is temporarily allowed for migrations, but if persistent, the system will be forced to restart.

    And for the Windows Server 2012 Essentials, please refer to:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn281793.aspx

    Regards.


    Vivian Wang
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:25 AM
    Moderator
  • a reseller/partner will be able to ask you the right questions, to get the whole picture, and then give you the best advice. that's why resellers/partners get trained by MS, so they can translate the gibberish into a plan for you!

    this will get you from your current state, to your future state, and factor in growth and your budget etc


    Don
    (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer", where applicable.
    This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognises useful contributions. Thanks!)

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:39 AM
  • Hello,

    Windows server foundation allows up to 15 users and Windows server essentials up to 25 users, so how many in total do you have, a handful is not really clear?

    You should also count a second DC/DNS/GC in the domain as this is recommended for fail over and redundancy reason. A single DC domain is lost if you don't have at least an AD aware backup as described in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771290(v=ws.10).aspx


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    MVP, MCP, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    My Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/mweber/

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:46 AM