The official blog for Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server support and product group communications.
[Today's post comes to us courtesy David Fabritius from Windows Server Marketing]
I'm writing today about a significant milestone for Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS). With the new Windows Server 2012 line up, Windows Small Business Server Essentials has been renamed Windows Server 2012 Essentials. By making Essentials a full-fledged member of the Windows Server family, we are reaffirming our commitment to delivering a flexible, cloud-enabled server platform that is designed and priced for small businesses and the partners that serve them. Formalizing Essentials as a core edition of Windows Server 2012 will more clearly communicate how it fits into the Windows Server family and give it more visibility as a product.
We believe Windows Server 2012 Essentials is the most affordable and easy-to-use server solution for small businesses to date, helping customers with up to 25 users and 50 devices reduce costs and be more productive. It is an ideal first server, and can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses. It helps you to protect, centralize, organize, and access your applications and information from almost anywhere by using virtually any device. Additionally, Essentials can grow with the needs of your business over time; you can purchase and convert to Windows Server 2012 Standard, removing the maximum user and device limits while retaining all your data and configuration settings as well as the unique value-add features that Essentials provides.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to give you the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud. In contrast to Windows SBS Standard, Essentials offers lower up-front acquisition and deployment costs. It allows you to take advantage of cloud-based messaging offerings while enjoying an integrated management experience by subscribing to Office 365 or a hosted Exchange service. If you prefer a fully on-premises solution, you have the option of running Exchange Server on a second server (either as a physical or virtual machine) alongside Essentials with the same integrated management experience.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials can also be used as a platform to run line-of-business applications and other on-premises workloads, as well as to provide an integrated management experience when running cloud-based applications and services, such as email, collaboration, online backup, and more.
Windows SBS 2011 Standard, which includes Exchange Server and SharePoint Foundation, will be the final such Windows SBS offering. It will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2013, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2013. For additional details, please see the Windows Server 2012 Essentials FAQ. I hope to see you at the 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference starting July 8 in Toronto, Canada, where we’ll be talking more about Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and we’ll also let you know when you can try it out.
Respect. I believe that Microsoft does not know the meaning of this word either with partners or customers. Like me, many small business IT support our business based on SBS solution. How do we explain to our customers that we have low cost options to support your business.
The low cost option is called linux.
If you don't have any server-side windows applications, it can function as a domain controller, windows file server, print server, and a replacement for exchange server with no operating system costs at all.
Microsoft obviously could care less about the small business market and are just trying to be greedy.
As if there are no viable alternatives to windows on the server side.
Stupid, Stupid Stupid
So many Small businesses in rural area's have not got a stable enough internet connection to warrant cloud based servers, This will now cost a fortune for the already struggling bussinesses, time to go back and start looking at Linux Solutions for the SME market.
Times are a changin. Like it or not, this is happening so we need to figure out how to leverage this change...for example, WS2012 Standard has two VMs...put Exchange on one. so it costs $500 more to do it this way, who cares (not me or my customers)! sticker shock always comes from the stinking hardware and components anyway...that stuff is expensive!
After installing more than 100+ SBS servers I firmly believed that it was one of the better products they made. I wish they felt the same...
Well this creates the gap for competitors that last week Ballmer claimed he would not permit. This level of product was the wedge that Microsoft used to edge out Novell and they grew from there. And moreso, the level at which novice IT people gained experience and became Microsoft's promoters.
The affordable internet connections here are still sub 8 Mb DSL, with 3G as a backup. €8,000 euro to install a fiber optic line even in the cities. No. that money will be spent on machinery and productive assets instead.
Too early for Microsoft and the limits on essentials/ foundation rule them out for everyone I work with.
Microsoft should be pushing to have a bridgehead on either side of the internet connection to give the continuity and disaster recovery at small business prices that work for everyone. Currently this product line up is deficient and difficult to sell to the price sensitive small business even without partner markup.
First the usability/UI joke that is Windows 8. Now this. I guess it's a good thing few people bother buying Microsoft shares.
This was kind of expected, eventually.
However for me, it means I'm now in the market for an alternative fully self-hosted solution, for those customers who want/need that, who will not be dictated to by Microsoft betting their farm on the cloud.
Bye bye, Microsoft.
Yo Microsoft - Where's the survey to your PARTNERS?
This is just insane! ... OR... It's Microsoft saying you will sell cloud products like it or not. Oh sure, there are alternatives to SBS but at what cost to the end user?
Give me SBS Standard 2012 without SharePoint. Base Server (Files/Print/RWW/etc) plus Exchange and the market potential will remains huge.
The majority (all for our company) prefer to have total control over their environment and not have a reliance on the internet. While there are businesses that can put the infrastructure in place to mitigate their reliance on an internet connection, the majority of SMB's cannot.
Where do we write the good ol' boys at Microsoft? If the answer is posted, everyone needs to respond.
Write to these guys and voice your opinion directly to the people in charge. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and cc firstname.lastname@example.org
I think this makes a lot of sense. I worked in the SMB tech sector for 10 years and I have watched, slowly at first, and now VERY rapidly switch to Cloud services. I have even found sever websites such as Jetdeskit.com that are already making a very strong move to capitalize on this trend.
You can not trust Microsoft to do anyting. Time afther time Microsoft is killing of products unexpectdly.
WOW - I love this announcement - Here is wyh >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
SBS 2011 will be avaible until end of Une 2013 via all channles (and as OEM until end of december 2013 ) .
If customers obtain now the SBS 2011 Standard with SOFTWARE ASSURANCE, they can migrate to WS 2012 Standard + Exchange 2012 Standard as single products.
If customers obtain now the SBS 2011 Standard + PREMIUM Addon with SOFTWARE ASSURANCE, they can migrate to SQL 2012 Standard + WS 2012 Standard + Exchange 2012 Standard + SQL 2012 Standard as single Products!
This means, that once they migrated to the single products, there will be no longer the user limit from the SBS 2011 !
WOW - This is a bargain. I will encourage all my new customers to get the SBS 2011 (+Premium Addon) PLUS SOFTWARE ASSURANCE
See this download.microsoft.com/.../WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf
I could understand an "Essentials" SBS offering for customer with under 25 users - on prem server could be smaller footprint (i.e., cheaper) where they buy the licenses in 5-user packs, but needs some kind of migration path for customers that go over 25 that preserves the investment. SBS Server Standard would start at 25 users and the buy licenses in 5 and 20 packs like today up to the existing 75 limit. Would allow Microsoft to push micro-businesses to the cloud but still allow larger small businesses to stick with SBS. To completely drop the SBS on-prem offering shows a real lack of understanding of what the customers are asking for - trust the resellers - we talk to more customers than your Microsoft marketing/product managers!
I don't like Public-Cloud-Products at all. Typical Small Business are Owners, not Managers, they think different. They want their Data, Programs and so on at home. If a lot of Data is at one single place, it's also very interesting to hack or damage it.
As todays server are very powerful, I would prefer a new small Business Product based on virtual Servers instead of a one single Server Product. Something like
- 1xServer for AD/Files/Printers/WSUS
- 1xServer for AD (With the usual limitation with one Domaine and so on) (maybee separated from files)
- 1xServer + Exchange (Option)
- 1xServer + SQL (Option)
- 1xServer + TMG (Option)
So the products are the same than the usuals, but with limits to the amount of users. Cheap Upgrades for Server-Instances more for Exchange, SQL and TMG. If I have more Users, I can do an Upgrade easy, just with buying the 'real' products. Like VmWare do it for the Essential-Products. Development and Support is easier for Microsoft because there are not so many Application-Servers on one Server. Backup/Restore also.
Then maybee some Wizards to configure these Standard-Products for the first configuration and maybee some wizards for standard-Operations.
I think its quite dangerous what MS is doing. They risk to loose their biggest supporters which makes also a lot of installations. Helps to have lot of People using Microsoft Products, thats how MS became big.
This is a real disappointment. I am an idependent consultant and I manage 40 servers, probably 35 of them are SBS. The reason they are SBS is because of Exchange. This move is going to make it extremely hard to sell Exchange to my customers and if Microsoft is forcing me to the cloud in this manner, I will head my customers directly to Google Apps. Real bone headded move, Microsoft!