Small Business Server 2003 R2 was launched at our world wide partner conference.

SBS 2003 R2 will be available for purchasing in August (English and German versions; additional languages will be available in following months.). It is offered in two editions: standard and premium.

With the update release we are also changing the access licensing rights of SBS to allow you to use your SBS CALs to access SQL Server 2005 Workgroup or Exchange 2003 running on a second server. The current version limits the SBS CAL to access the server suite from only one server. SBS comes with five client access licenses free.

The updated SBS R2 offers following enhancements:

  • automated, network-wide patch and update management
  • increased mailbox limit up to 75 gigabytes
  • a new feature called "Green Check," which informs customers whether or not they are running up-to-date Microsoft software
  • Daily report on status of desktops and server(s) running Microsoft software

The premium edition also includes SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition and ISA Server 2004. In addition to the enhancements, Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 includes Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook, Windows Sharepoint Services, Shared Fax Service and Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS).

Read more about the Windows Small Business Server R2