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[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Michael Leworthy from Windows Server Marketing]
We are happy to announce that today, a few weeks after Windows Small Businesses Server 2011 Standard was released to manufacturing, you can download an evaluation copy of the software directly from our website.
On the same day, our SBS website will be refreshed to help you maximize your experience with the new SBS products. The site’s new graphics, videos, and content are aimed at facilitating the software evaluation and providing additional information and guidance to our customers and partners.
The evaluation kit for SBS 2011 Standard is valid for 180 days. If at any time during or after the evaluation period, you decide that Windows SBS 2011 Standard is the right solution for your business, you can easily convert the evaluation version to a full licensed version. Visit the evaluation page http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/try-it.aspx to find further information.
Also make sure you check out the new SBS 2011 Standard Training videos plus many more at our new SBS 2011 Showcase site.
So what are you waiting for? Visit the website and download and deploy your copy of the software. Start discovering immediately how Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard can give you greater business capacity and a new competitive edge by helping you get business done faster, be more productive, and stay better connected.
On a licensing aspect what if I were to put a client onto the Evaluation what type of license would activate on this? Retail, VLK or either!?!
Any idea when Partners can expect SBS 2011 in the Action Pack?
Time to play with in a VM. Would love to migrate my SBS '08, but migration documentation (still) has not yet been released. :-/
As of 1-19 SBS2011 still has not been released on MPN. Will it be possible then to unlock and license the version available here with a Partner key (Physical/Virtual)?
When will the tech specs and product details for SBS 2011 Premium be available? I'm particularly interested in learning more about the features that were bundled with SBS 2008 Premium and whether or not those features will be maintained or even enhanced in 2011. Also, will the 2nd server license still be included -- can I assume it will be Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard? What about SQL Server -- is that being updated to R2?
I have Windows 2003 SBS Standard Edition; purchased @ the advice of Dell, but not interested in exchange or DNS. Does any know if I can upgrade from Windows 2003 SBS Standard Edition to another Windows OS, that is, one that installs and runs hassle free like Windows 7 one that will run on Dell PowerEdge 4600 server. I just need an OS to run this server like a regular workstation.... Thanks in advance
Insted of upgrading your SBS2003 you should look at Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation - www.microsoft.com/.../licensing-r2.aspx
x64, max. 15 users, max. 8GB less than US$ 250,-
Graeme 01-18-2011 11:43 AM
--> Hi Graeme, yes you can attach any license for clients to the eval (Retail, VLK, OEM, etc) - there are no restrictions to that.
Fish 01-18-2011 2:05 PM
--> Hi, you can expect this in Action Pack in february.
Jayson 01-18-2011 6:00 PM
--> Hi Jayson, the migration document wil be released shortly for SBS 2008. Please keep checking technet.microsoft.com/.../gg490796.aspx
Doug 01-25-2011 11:21 AM
--> Hi Doug, We no longer have a Premium Editon available for SBS. We have moved to a Premium Add-on model which can be used fro both SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials. You can learn more about this at www.microsoft.com/.../editions-overview.aspx (it is near the bottom of that page). In essence the Premium Add-on is made up of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard + SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business (which is SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard restricted to use on in an SBS 2011 domain). As per technical specs, you can use the WS and SQL sepcificatons to determine those - as they will be scoped towards the scenarios you are using, LOB apps, etc