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[Todays post comes to us courtesy of Enrico Toro, Product Manager of Server and Cloud Platform Marketing.]
“SBS 2011 Essentials is so much more than just a network attached hard drive. You don't even realize how many things you can run on the server that used to be on PC." Brett Schulte, Owner, Loteria Grill
We are happy to announce that the evaluation version of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials is available to download on Microsoft.com beginning today. Also TechNet and MSDN subscribers will access to the download starting today as well.
Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, SBS Essentials is an agile new product designed and priced as a solution for businesses that have fewer than 25 users and do not have a client/server network in place. SBS Essentials gives small business customers an easy way to get their infrastructure in place using our simple-to-deploy server. At the same time, SBS Essentials ensures that business-critical data is regularly and automatically backed up, the health of the network is actively monitored, and users and computer management are easy and straightforward. In addition the comprehensive extensibility built into the product makes it easy to take advantage of a wide variety of cloud services and third-party additions.
SBS Essentials also provides the ability to manage the server and its connected computers remotely using a web browser, greatly simplifying the job of the typical small business’ IT partner.
Even licensing is simplified. SBS Essentials will allow you to connect up to 25 users or devices to the network without having to buy additional CALs.
The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period. We believe that during the evaluation period the value of having SBS Essentials in your network will be clear to you as it is to Seth Feist, from Northwest Insurance Brokers, who says, “Being able to monitor all the desktops and laptops from one machine is great. It saves me time from having to go to each machine and check on updates. Having each machine automatically back up at a specific time is great so I never have to wonder if every person in my office is backing up daily like they should.“
The product will be available through all channels, including Volume Licensing, starting May 1. Many OEMs and System Builders have already started building specific form factors and solutions based on SBS 2011 Essentials which will start becoming available in the market in May.
Learn why users like Brian Woltz of Parkway Physiotherapy and Performance Center say that “SBS Essentials has provided my company with a stable, organized and efficient foundation from which we can build our business. Most importantly it has enabled me to do some of my work from home, a big plus for my family”.
Schedule some time to visit our website and to get familiar with the product by reading about its features. Or you can watch our video learning bites to know more detail on SBS Essentials’ functionalities. Then download a copy and start discovering the multiple ways Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can benefit you and your business.
Will it be possible to use the eval copy (installation) after positiv evaluation as "normal" server - for example with a new key?!
How about the cloud features (Office 365) - can I test them along with the evaluation?
Is there an upgrade path from SBS 2011 Essentials to Standard?
Gunnar, did you read the article"
quote "The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period."
Gunnar, take a look at paragraph 6. The answer is yes, with a legitimate product key.
Gunnar, if you read the text above, yes. "The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period."
yes, you can register using a purchased key and transition the eval to full product
At this stage we have not released the Office 365 Integtation for SBS 2011 Essentials, but will provide further information closer to the launch of Office 365.
Yes there is a technical upgrade path available from SBSe to SBSs. However we expect for companies that grow out of the 25 user limit to more migrate to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and keep their investment in cloud enabled services (such as Office 365).
@Ryan S: No, there is no official upgrade path.
And yes there is an migration path to sbs standard.
The difference is, implace upgrade on one server is not possible, the migration has to be done with 2 servers, one source (with essentials) and one destination (the new server with standard).
Anyone have luck installing Forefront Security on SBS Essentials? I am testing in a virtual environment and planned to run forefront as the antivirus, but the client installer says the OS is not compatible, and the full installer states I need configuration manger 2007 blah blah. What is one to do for simple antivirus/antimalware on the new SBS 2011 versions? Either products don't install or you need to have an advanced IT degree to install something.