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Software Availability and the Supply Chain ...

Software Availability and the Supply Chain ...

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The Windows Home Server product is finally available at some outlets in the USA and Canada.  The supply chain players differ by geography.  With a version 1 product in a new product category, it takes awhile for System Builders to get it on their radar and order the product.  Once an order is placed through a distributor, then the distributor has to get the part number in their systems and place an order with an Authorized Replicator (AR).  The discs are manufactured by an Authorized Disk Duplicator.  And the manuals get printed by yet another company.

 In smaller countries, these companies may be one in the same or in very close proximity to one another.  In larger geographies, there are many companies involved and there is transit time.  For example, for North American orders - the manuals usually get printed in Canada, the disks usually get imaged in Mexico and the whole assembly is put together in Puerto Rico.   And getting back to the first point, it all starts by a System Builder placing an order.

 We have been following the excitement around the world as the Windows Home Server beta testers discover that the product is available for them from a local system builder.  We have also been following the anticipation and angst.   The product is now being ordered and inventoried by system builders in multiple countries around the world that is the key first step in the process.  If you have a favorite outlet that you like to buy stuff from, then you should ask them to stock Windows Home Server since it has been on the Microsoft price list since August 1.

 Here is a listing of the key part numbers for the Windows Home Server System Builder SKU:

  • English – CCQ-00015
  • French – CCQ-00016
  • German – CCQ-00017 / CCQ-00038
  • Spanish  – CCQ-00018

 Not all languages are available in all geographies, as I can't easily get a German version in the US. 

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