Announcement: SBS 2011 Essentials Release Candidate Now Available

Announcement: SBS 2011 Essentials Release Candidate Now Available

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[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Michael Leworthy from Windows Server Marketing]

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. Ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials provides 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 for e-mail, collaboration and CRM.

The Release Candidate (RC) signifies our last mile efforts for releasing this product to our customers, and prepares our large network of software and solution partners for its release.

To fast track your learning, we have also launched our new SBS 2011 Essentials Learning Bites – fifteen 3-5 minute videos focusing on core features and functionality. Further videos, plus many other resources can be found on the official SBS website.

Thank you for helping us test this product, and please provide any feedback through SBS Connect, or our official SBS 2011 Essentials Support forum.

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  • When is this product expected to be available and licensed for end users?

    Thank you

  • Any reason it doesn't show in my technet account?

  • Does it have fax services like SBS 2003?

  • We are expected release in Spring North America 2011.

  • Would you caution against implementing now with this Beta trusting the retail release would come before expiry expected in August?  Also if we did implement, would retail activation be a seamless transition?  (Sorry we’re so eager!)