The official blog for Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server support and product group communications.
Since we announced the availability of the beta version of Windows Small Business Server Code name “Aurora” and Windows Small Business Server “7”, both products have been downloaded more than 9000 times through both our partner and customer community. Today as we move forward with these new releases, Microsoft is announcing the final names, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.
To learn more about Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, download the datasheet.
To learn more about Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, download the datasheet.
To learn more about the Windows Small Business Server Family, download the family overview brochure.
To download previews of Windows SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials you can visit here.
Thanks Manlio Vecchiet Director for Windows Server Product Management, Windows Server Marketing
Thank goodness for that. :-) Whoooo Hoooo - Yippie Yay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
With all my SBS 2003 deployments reaching end of life, the news that SBS 2011 is happening is SWEET MUSIC - Well done Microsoft!!!!!
I *was* panicing that only a cloud solution would be delivered. Very scary.
Sure - add cloud plug ins later on - but for the next few years I want my Silicon CPU's and 2 TB hard disk arrays in MY server room. I also LOVE Exchange Server running locally.
THANK YOU SBS Server team. Hugs and kisses!!!!!!!!
Are you sure Active Directory warrants Windows SBS 2011 Essentials pricing that is more than 3 times that of Windows Home Server? As a small business owner, I might be able to justify that if it included a 1yr subscription to Office 365.
Is there an exact release date? Or a appromximate date if it at the begin or at the end of december?
Any specifics on what day in December Standard edition will be available for Retail?
I like the new 3rd option that includes 25 users, very reasonable. Curious to see if there is an upgrade key and the upgrade paths from 2003 or 2008 will be a utility or tool to trnasition over as needed.
Is there any date for Release of RTM or availability for download for Partners?
Thx for answer.
Hey JohnCz, if you aren't using email that SBS is not the product for you. Try Windows Server Foundation if you want cheap access to active directory.
I haven't seen if SBS 2011 offers the Archive Mailbox feature of Exchange 2010 Enterprise or not. Any clarification?
@JohnCz: I think that the big selling point for Essentials is the fact that there is no CALs to purchase. When you think about it your saving up to $1,250 depending on how many users you have.
Remember it's 25 users versus 10 users allowed in Home Server.
Does "formally" really mean "formerly" (as in "formerly known as")?
Seems like a nice range of offerings for the small business.
Does a 'Quad Core' processor requirement mean that a twin 'Dual Core' processor set will also work?