In this article, you can clearly see all the differences between Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

You can download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter installer from our website!

You can also purchase original product keys for each version in our catalog:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard – 10.9 €

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter – 10.9 €

Feature Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Locks and Limitations
Maximum Number of Users Based on licenses Based on licenses 25
Maximum SMB Connections 16,777,216 16,777,216 16,777,216
Maximum RRAS Connections Unlimited Unlimited 50
Maximum IAS Connections 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 50
Maximum 64-bit Sockets 64 64 2
Maximum RAM Volume 4 ТБ 4 ТБ 64 ГБ
Server Can Join Domain Only for migration
DirectAccess See documentation
Server Roles
Active Directory Certificate Services
Active Directory Domain Services Mandatory
Active Directory Federation Services
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Active Directory Rights Management Services
Application Server
DHCP Server
DNS Server
Fax Server
File Services
Network Policy and Access Services
Print and Document Services
Remote Access
Remote Desktop Services
Remote Desktop Gateway
Web Services (IIS)
Windows Deployment Services
Windows Essentials Default
Windows Media Services Support See documentation for installation options See documentation for installation options
WINS Server
RODC - Read-Only Domain Controller
Automatic Virtual Machine Activation Both guest and host As guest As guest
Best Practices Analyzer
BranchCache Hosted Server
BranchCache P2P Cache
Windows Control Panel
DFS Replication
Data Deduplication
ISCSI Target Support
Dynamic Memory (in virtualization)
Failover Clustering
Hot Add/Replace RAM
IPAM (IP Address Management)
Microsoft Management Console
Minimal Server Interface
Network Load Balancing
Non-volatile Memory Express Support
Windows PowerShell
Server Core Mode
Server License Logging
Server Manager
SMB Direct and SMB over RDMA
Storage Management Service
Storage Spaces
Volume Activation Services
VSS Integration (Volume Shadow Copy Services)
Windows Server Update Services
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