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Sign-up for the Beta of SBS ”7” and SBS “Aurora”

Sign-up for the Beta of SBS ”7” and SBS “Aurora”

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Windows Small Business Server (SBS) Code Name “7” is the next release of Windows Small Business Server Standard, which is a fully on-premise solution. Windows Small Business Server “7” minimizes initial acquisition and deployment times by offering an easily deployed single server solution that combines several server technologies under one Microsoft license.

With Windows Small Business Server “7”, small businesses or partners are not tasked with identifying, purchasing, or licensing multiple server technologies, or subsequently matching them to appropriate hardware resources. They also benefit from a simplified deployment experience – one delivered on a single piece of media that combines the configurations of all underlying server technologies into a single server installation wizard.

A Fully On-Premise Small Business Solution

Windows Small Business Server “7” incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit product technologies to deliver a complete server solution environment well suited for small businesses. The product technologies include:

  • Server Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 product technologies provide the core foundation of Windows Small Business Server “7”. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the most flexible and robust Windows Server operating system to date.
  • Messaging and Collaboration: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 product technologies introduce advanced e-mail and calendar functionality to Windows Small Business Server “7”. Exchange Server 2010 delivers a seamless end-user collaboration experience and robust security features.
  • Collaboration and Productivity: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Foundation is a versatile technology that organizations and business units of all sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. With tools for collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to information they need.
  • Network Updates and Protection: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to computers running the Windows operating system. By using WSUS, administrators can fully manage the distribution of updates that are released through Microsoft Update to computers in their network.
  • Database: The optional Premium Add-on includes a licensed copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard technologies and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2 Standard Edition for Small Business, providing customers and partners with a comprehensive data management and analysis solution. SQL Server 2008 R2 is a performance-leader and the fastest growing database solution in the industry today.

 Download the SBS "7" Brochure to learn more. 

Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is a new edition of Windows Small Business Server that introduces cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise services.

A Cross-Premise Small Business Solution

Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit product technologies to deliver a server environment well suited for most small businesses. The product technologies include:

  • Server Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 product technologies provide the core foundation of Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the most flexible and robust Windows Server operating system to date.
  • Network Monitoring and Protection: Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” monitors its own health status and the status of client computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, and Mac OS X version 10.5 and above. Health status notifies you of issues or problems related to computer backups, server storage, low disk space, and more.
  • Flexible Storage: Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” Drive Extender is a technology that simplifies server storage management. It enables you to easily expand the server’s storage capacity using internal and/or external hard drives of varying sizes and types, and it helps protect your data from many silent hard drive data errors.
  • Database: The optional Small Business Server Premium Add-on includes a licensed copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard technologies and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2 Standard Edition for Small Business, providing customers and partners with a comprehensive data management and analysis solution.

 Download the SBS "Aurora" Brochure to learn more. 

 

Side by Side comparison of features

 

SBS “Aurora”

SBS “7”

Foundation

WS Standard

Max users

25

75

15

Unlimited

Server apps

Yes, most

Yes, most

Yes, any

Yes, any

On-premise Management

Near-zero

Simplified

Windows admin

Windows admin

Multi-workload

None included, supports any;

Integrated with online services

Yes, Exchange, WSS, WSUS, SQL* included; supports any

None included, supports any

None included, supports any

VM Host rights

Requires premium add-on (or other Windows Server SKU)

Requires premium add-on (or other Windows Server SKU)

Not allowed

1

VM Guest rights

1*

1*

Not allowed

1

Backup

Automated Windows Server backup & PC Image backup

Automated Windows Server backup

Configurable

Configurable

First/Second server

First only

First only

Either

Either

Domain Join

Create only (except for migration)

Create only (except for migration)

Yes

Yes

Primary customers

VAP/SB

VAP/SB

Low-end server purchasers

VAP/SB

Channel

FPP, VL, OEM, Embedded SBC, SPLA

FPP, VL, OEM, SBC, SPLA

OEM only

FPP, VL, OEM, SBC, SPLA

Click here to become a Beta Tester today

Click here for more information on SBS "7" and SBS "Aurora"

Comments
  • What does the star mean beside the 1 in the VM Rights listing for Aurora and SBS 7?  That they're only supported on the second server in the premium SKU, or a guest server?  Some clarification would be helpful.

    Also, I'm guessing "SBC" means System Builder Channel.  Is Aurora *only* going to be available through Authorized Embedded Distributors?  If that's the case, information needs to be forthcoming from the OEM System Builder site before launch.  We'd like to be building systems with this software for launch, but we are not a high-volume builder, so having to pay upfront for a dev kit and gettng into a volume purchase agreement is going to make it a no-go.  We'd like to see the option for standard OEM System Builder software, much like the original WHS release.

  • The "Side by Side comparison of features" is very interesting and useful, but in my opinion should be extended to include Windows Home Server and SBS 2008...

    The same table should be extendednd to include information about the available local language versions.

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