Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011

Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011

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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.

  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM.  Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users, requiring no CALs for user access and is expected to release in H1 2011. SBS 2011 Essentials will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and estimated retail pricing is $545US.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (formally Windows Small Business Server “7”) is designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, delivering enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard helps protect business’ information from loss by performing automatic daily server backups and greater productivity through on-site features like e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, and file and printer sharing. Licensing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is consistent with previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required both a Server License, plus CALs for each user. Estimated retail pricing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is $1,096US, with CALs approximately $72US. Windows SBS 2011 Standard will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and is expected to release in December 2010. Further availability through OEM’s and System Builders is expected starting February 2011.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, consists of an additional server that provides support for SQL Server based LOB applications and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies in a cost effective solution for a small business environment. The Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business and can be added to both Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Standard editions. The Premium add-on provides the ability to run a vast number of line-of-business applications on an additional server and the capacity to make more informed business decisions with rich analysis and reporting technologies. It is ideal for role based deployments such as LOB application support, Remote Desktop Services, Backup domain controller, and Virtualization though Hyper-V. The decision to move to an add-on model was taken to provide our customers with more flexibility and deployment options providing the ability to purchase additional servers either up front or as needed. While access to the Windows Server components for the Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will be covered by the Windows SBS 2011 CAL model, users will still require Premium Add-on CALs for access to SQL Server. Estimated retail pricing for Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is $1,604US, with CALs approximately $92US. The Premium Add-on will also be available with the release of Windows SBS 2011 Standard in December.

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.

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Manlio Vecchiet
Director for Windows Server Product Management, Windows Server Marketing

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  • 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.

  • Hi!

    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?