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[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Curtis Lee, Director, Server and Cloud Marketing]
“Microsoft provides that forward thinking that I use in my company every day with our client design solutions.” --Stan Bovetz, President of Frost Engineering Service Co N.W
It’s customer feedback like that from Stan Bovetz that keeps the SBS team motivated and excited, especially as we now have the pleasure of announcing the release to manufacturing of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard edition and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on.
As you are reading this we are making the final steps to bring the product to the market so that you can acquire throughout our large network of partners. We are finalizing international versions, delivering the product to distribution channels and handing it off to our OEM partners so that they can begin pre-installing the software on new servers. Starting in early January, you will find SBS 2011 Standard and Premium Add-On in volume licensing, and from mid-January you will be able to download a trial copy from our website.
Designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard delivers enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard not only helps to protect, access, and manage your information from virtually anywhere, but also allows your business to be more productive by providing:
If you have limited IT resources but still need to run a large number of applications, you should consider using the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add On to complement your SBS 2011 Standard deployment. Because the Premium Add-on includes SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Businesses, it offers a dedicated, highly effective data management solution to run those applications that require a centralized database and shared information among users. Also with the Premium Add-on you have access to technologies like Hyper-V or Remote Desktop Services that Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard provides.
Our early adopters are already reaping the benefits that SBS 2011 Standard brings, including ease of migration from earlier versions, as well as its great features.
As Stan Bovetz, President of Frost Engineering Service Co N.W says “We have found the migration of the new SBS to be much more trouble free than we anticipated. I would call it seamless. Our personnel did not even know it had happened. Microsoft provides that forward thinking that I use in my company every day with our client design solutions.”
Jim Davidson, General Manager of Bellevue Towers is also excited about the product. “Bellevue Towers selected Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Standard to meet our needs for better information sharing and simpler communications. We have multiple system users with varied skill levels, and we have found the system intuitive and easy to use. Having uniform documents, communication tools, and file sharing available 24/7 is helping us meet our customer service goals and increasing the efficiency of community management.”
These products could not go to market without the important support and contribution from our long term-partners, We have received support from many of our key OEM partners like Acer, Dell, Fujitsu and HP just to name a few, and from ISV’s like Kaspersky and Symantec. To them go our thanks.
Last but not least, I want to thank the rest our partners, our MVP’s, and the thousands of participants to the beta program for their tremendous efforts, passion and help in bringing this product to market.
If you want to learn more in details about the multiple ways your business can benefit from Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition, please visit our webpage here, download the brochure or contact one of our Microsoft partners (you can find here one located near you). We gladly welcome comments about what features you find exciting about Windows Small Business Server 2011 and what your plans are to use it. Please feel free to add below in the comments session of this blog.
This is now available on both MSDN and TechNet if you have a subscription.
according to TechEd "Direct Access" is possible (but without Wizards)
Direct Access is not going to be supported on the SBS itself AFAIK - as it requires a dedicated server. There is a whitepaper coming i beleive which is based on the Premium Addon being used to provide DA.
Disclaimer - I might be wrong :p
Looks like SBS 2011 was released on TechNet yesterday (12/16/20) at noon PST. Funny thing though, all of a sudden they seem to be restricting access on TechNet to only ActionPack TechNet subscribers. This is not the case for SBS 2003 or SBS 2008, they are wide open to all level of TechNet. I wonder if this is a forward looking policy or subscription level change?
You know it’s really cool how small businesses are continually receiving more and more emphasis and recognition while the former giants seem to be slowly eroding in their grips of commercial power. I find this to be a definite “light,” if you will, for economic growth and stability, and incidentally, a post I came across today seems to confirm the observation. Anyway, if you’re interested, it’s somewhere hereabouts (www.pressdisplay.com/.../showlink.aspx) Of course, difficulties for small businesses are a bit of an inevitability, but overall, I believe it’s a brighter picture.
It's great to see that Essential Business Server which was for 500 users has been resurrected. Well wait no, the new Small Business Server Essentials is for 25 users and has absolutely nothing to do with EBS other than the shared name... Of all the words in the English language, MS's marketing team couldn't have found a unique name for this product? Seriously? This is the whole "Windows Server for Small Business" vs "Windows Small Business Server" debacle all over again, with us Partners having to straighten out the confusion with our customers, again...
Anyone doing the beta exam
is it that slow as sbs 2008x64? has a limit in ramlikethe old os of 2003? a 2.8Ghz dual core procesor can actually run it?
Why would they release this yet they won't allow their Small Business Partners download it! Tell me how am I meant to test the RTM before deploying it to one of my customer sites??