Do not remove Essentials Role in Server 2019
We still need a Windows Version for small customers getting easy connection to Azure and Office 365. So do NOT remove the Essential Role out of Version 2019.
Brad Griffiths commented
At the risk of stating the obvious to people that probably aren't reading this... Removing Essentials will only push people to NAS's and Linux options, not everyone can or are even willing to move to cloud based solutions.
SBS was a great solution with Exchange, a complete email, contact, notes and calendar solution was all MS really had, those people have already moved those services to O365. Others may have already moved files to sharepoint & teams. The people left are those you'll likely lose to NAS's if licensing costs are increased any further.
In short, Microsoft will force customers away by pricing themselves out of the small business market.
Crazy for MS to drop the Essential role out of 2019, please do reconsider this MS. I'm using Office 365 already for several of my small clients, but I still have very valid reasons for wanting to keep a small/affordable/easy to manage local server with the functionality that the Essentials role gave us! (client backups and RDP gateway are two HUGE losses!)
I'm a home user with 6 pc's and over a TB Media Library thats backed up daily. moving to another platform means moving away from Microsoft completely for my Server needs. I rely on the backups for recovery due to HHD failure and cloud storage for over 8TB of data is out of the question, that takes entirely too much bandwidth and too much time!
There is e linux server https://www.clearos.com that sBS customer can use with ad support. Its a good alterntive
Andrew Macaulay commented
Given that the Essentials Role seems to be just a set of .NET applications and services with a set of pre-requisites in the server setup, why not release an official Essentials 2016 Role Add-On setup which could be used on Server 2019 (an official version of the Office Maven's approach) - allowing the Essentials "Role" to be updated automatically (in step with 2016). Much the same as when the Media Streaming capability was offered as an optional module in 2012 R2 Essentials.
Although the 2019 Essentials SKU no longer has Remote Desktop Services, this would allow SMB and Home users to get access to the client backup and other capabilities on 2019 Standard Edition (and maybe just limited to be without Remote Desktop on the Essentials SKU, which is not needed by everyone anyway).
This approach would at least show willing to the SMB and Home users, without a significant investment - and could provide some decent telemetry about usage, for any changes in Server vNext.
Alternatively, and following what has been done in many other areas by Microsoft, how about Open Sourcing the Essentials Role - allowing it to be taken forward by the community and live for as long as the demand is there?
Time for all admin's to sharpen up on ubuntu server or some linux version
Mark Berry, MCB Systems commented
Nice that they are saying there will be a SKU. Wish they would keep the Essentials role under Standard too. So convenient for managing desktop backups, Remote Web Access, etc.
Microsoft confirms there will be a Server Essentials 2019 SKU
Microsoft, we need the essentials role. Don't ***** your SMB partners.
what's wrong with 2016? if you a SMB like me then i only intend to use hyper-v server 2019 and keep windows server 2016. However, if there a benefits of 2019 for SMB over 2016 then list them so MS can take a look and eveluate and change them or add them as features rather than a full blow role.
You maybe able to add the features you need to get the same results, as you would with the role. This keeps with the new MS streamline metrics as you install a role and only use 40% of its features and this way you add what you need and use the 40% you need without wasting the 60% you don't use of that role.
Poential SMB setup:
1 x Server running Hyper-V server 2016 (free hypervisor OS will and upgrade to hyper-v server 2019)
1 x Windows Server 2016 standard with essentials role as a Virtual Machine
This leave one addtional VM install as on server standard your allowed only 2 virtual machines (if you have the money then use datacentre but at £4000 might be a bit steep for some SMB's) which you will use for windows server 2019 as a VM.
Configure it as you see fit e,g, addtional AD or just an addtioanl server running specific roles e.g. dhcp, dns, file server, etc.
This way you keep server essentials on 2016 and have access to server 2019 with all it's goodies without compromising your setup.
Brent Smith commented
"We're no longer developing the Essentials Experience role for the Windows Server Standard or Windows Server Datacenter SKUs. If you need an easy-to-use server solution for small-to-medium businesses, check out our new Microsoft 365 for business solution, or use Windows Server 2016 Essentials."
That's just awful. MIcrosoft is intentionally abandoning the SOHO/SMB market to focus entirely on larger customers. This just sucks.
Time to look for alternatives, folks. The Windows Server PG (Product Group) has apparently walked away from our group of customers. (And, no, a strictly subscription-based service such as "Microsoft 365 for business" is NOT an acceptable replacement.)
If you remove it? I will go to an open source solution. is end of the line. the removal of useful features of the low end server products are a killshot for us.
90% of my clients fall in the original SBS market.
do not forget about us
this is larger than simply killing a well-used mature code base, it's telling small groups that they must migrate to the enterprise way...why? is it ideology? why force users away from viable solutions? Also if the Essentials Role is killed, the Essentials SKU with its affordable CALs will surely be the next to go.
Need this role for my home network and client PC backups. Hugely disappointing to see that it's not an option in the 17666 build I tried on my VM.
PLEASE keep Essentials Role! It is even better than SBS (which was a great product as well). Need it for my small business customers.
Yes, same for us!
Alternatively please make AD-user connect, create, maintain etc. Office 365 account from 2019 to O365.
Agree! Keep essentials in 2019. I don't want to be stuck with 2016 forever.
A. Özdemir commented
We need the essential role for our small customers. Please do not remove it.