Windows Server 2012 Essentials 64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine

Windows Server 2012 Essentials 64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine


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An ideal server for small businesses, Windows Server 2012 Essentials (the latest version of Windows Small Business Server Essentials) provides a powerful and flexible solution that helps protect your business data while allowing you to access the information you need from virtually anywhere using almost any device. Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports the applications you need to run your business and also helps you to quickly connect to additional cloud-based applications and services to extend your server’s functionality.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Essentials server software is a 64-bit only operating system. Table 1 defines the recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Table 2 defines additional hardware and software requirements for the server.

Table 1: System Requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials




CPU socket

1.4 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for single core
1.3 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for multi-core

3.1 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster multi-core

Memory (RAM)

2 GB

8 GB

Hard disks and available storage space

160 GB hard disk with a 60 GB system partition


*Recommended hardware requirements to support Windows Server 2012 Essentials maximum user and device limits.

Table 2: Additional Hardware and Software Requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials



Network adapter

Gigabit Ethernet adapter (10/100/1000baseT PHY/MAC).


Some functionality may require Internet access (fees may apply) or a Windows Live® ID Account.

Supported Client operating systems

Windows 8, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X version 10.5 to 10.8.


A router or firewall that supports IPv4 NAT.

Additional requirements

Super-VGA 800 x 600 9minimum) or 1024 × 768 (recommended) or higher-resolution monitor (headed mode only)
Keyboard and Microsoft® Mouse or compatible pointing device (headed mode only)
DVD-ROM drive

Supported networking configuration

Your server computer must be connected via a network cable to a router.
The router should be a UPnP-certified device, but it is not required.
The router should be in the 192.168.x.x subnet, but it is not required.


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