Windows Essential Business Server - aka Centro

Windows Essential Business Server - aka Centro

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Kevin Beares announces the new name of Windows Centro onto his blog, yes it will be Windows Essential Business Server. Seems like they forgot to add a calendar year to it :)

Here is an excerpt of the announcement:

We have a new name!

Windows Essential Business Server is the new Microsoft server solution for small to medium businesses, with 50 to 250 client computers in their organizations.

Windows Essential Business Server offers a standardized server configuration that is designed to meet the needs of most midsize businesses. The configuration is optimized to meet the currently recommended practices for networking, security, collaboration, and remote access. The tightly integrated Windows Essential Business Server simplifies setup, migration, and licensing for Microsoft infrastructure server products that a midsize business uses most frequently. Most network services and resources are managed through a single Windows®Essential Business Server Administration Console, which is accessible from anywhere on the network or remotely over a virtual private network.

If you are interested in joining the Windows®Essential Business Server upcoming Beta 2 effort;

  1. Please go to,

  2. Click on Invitations and sign in with your Windows Live ID (Passport ID).

  3. Enter the following invite ID: EBSE-VKDP-276Y.

  4. You will be asked to take a short survey. 

  5. Once you complete the survey we will evaluate your application for participation in the Techbeta.

  6. Then look for an email from with further details.

If you are going to TechEd IT Forum then you should look after the Centro sessions that have been planned in my track.

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