Die nächste Version des erfolgreichen Windows Small Business Servers 2003 kündigt sich so langsam an. Analog zur Namensgebung des Windows Server 2003 R2 wird der Produktname Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS 2003 R2) lauten. Auf der englischen Windows Small Business Server 2003: Frequently Asked Questions-Seite stehen erste Informationen zu den Änderungen, die SBS 2003 R2 mitbringt:

  • Automated, network-wide patch and update management for all Microsoft Update supported products lowering the costs of managing a Microsoft-based network and helping to maintain a more secure infrastructure.
  • Increased mailbox limits from 16 GB to 75 GB, enabling improved productivity for employees.
  • Inclusion of SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition technology in SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition.
  • Expanded client access license (CAL) rights, including access to additional Exchange Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition servers in the SBS 2003 R2 network, allowing customers more flexibility in growth.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will be available in 32-bit only. Windows Small Business Server Cougar (the next major release of SBS) will be available following the release of Windows Server Longhorn in 2007, and will be offered in 64-bit only.

Die englische Version des SBS 2003 R2 wird voraussichtlich im zweiten Quartal 2006 ausgeliefert werden. Die jeweils lokalisierten Versionen folgen danach. Zu den Preisen und der Lizenzierung ist zur Zeit folgendes bekannt:

  • SBS customers with Software Assurance* will be able to SBS 2003 R2 without purchasing a new server license** for a nominal shipping and handling fee.
  • SBS customers without SoftwareAssurance will be able to purchase a new version upgrade SKU via retail, which will enable them to cost-effectively upgrade from any version of SBS (4.0, 4.5, 2000, 2003) to SBS 2003 R2.
  • In addition, Microsoft plans to offer a Technology Guarantee program ***, beginning March 1, 2006 for customers who purchase SBS 2003 from an original equipment manufacturer or a system builder. Customers that purchase SBS 2003 prior to March 1, 2006 should consider purchasing Software Assurance so they can obtain SBS 2003 R2.

    *Software Assurance contract must be active when SBS 2003 R2 releases-to-manufacturing.
    **The purchase of new client access licenses (CALs) will not be required with SBS 2003 R2.
    ***The Technology Guarantee will be available from March 1, 2006 to 60 days after SBS 2003 R2 releases-to-manufacturing (will vary by geography).