At the World Wide Partner Conference last week, there was an interesting announcement which didn't seem to get much by way of attention, but is especially relevant to many of you running Small Business Server.

The announcement was that Small Business Server 2003 R2 will be released approximately 60-90 days after the Windows Server 2003 R2 release (scheduled for Q4 this calendar year). My understanding so far is that SQL Server 2005 will be included in the premium edition, and the workgroup version included in other editions, although this is still being clarified. General changes are that many of the recently released patching and update management tools will be in the box, and good news also on the Exchange front in that mailbox limits will be up to 75 GB.