Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Small Business Server 2011

Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Small Business Server 2011

Summary: On December 13, Microsoft released to manufacturing two of its upcoming small-business-focused servers: Windows Small Business Server 2011 (codenamed SBS 7).

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On December 13, Microsoft released to manufacturing two of its upcoming small-business-focused servers: Windows Small Business Server 2011 (codenamed SBS 7).

Microsoft RTM'd both the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and the Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on. The products will be available to volume licensees in early January and to those wanting to download a trial copy as of mid-January. Availability through OEM’s and System Builders is expected starting February, 2011.

As Microsoft execs said previously, the updated versions of its Windows Small Business Server product will include Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 and SharePoint Foundation Services 2010. The Premium Add-on includes SQL Server 2008 R2. The products are designed for small businesses with up to 75 users.

Estimated retail pricing for SBS 2011 Standard is $1,096, with client-access licenses (CALs) going for approximately $72. Availability through OEM’s and System Builders is expected starting February, 2011. Estimated retail pricing for SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is $1,604, with CALs costing $92.

Microsoft is planning to RTM other related small-business and home servers, including the Vail Windows Home Server, Aurora hybrid cloud-on-premises small-business server and Breckenridge storage servers in the first half of 2011. Microsoft recently decided to pull its Drive Extender storage technology from those products, riling many in its tester and user communities.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • MSDN/Technet? Explain Premium Addon?

    When will SBS 2011 be available to TechNet and MSDN customers for testing and evaluation?

    Also, can someone clarify the Premium Addon? Are features like Hyper-V only available on the seperate server running 2008 R2 Standard, or can Hyper-V be active on the main server running SBS?
    chambo622
    • Premium add-on details

      @chambo622

      As with SBS 2008, the Premium add-on gives you an extra copy of Windows Server Standard and SQL Server Standard to run a line-of-business application.

      SBS Standard doesn't include Hyper-V host support. You should never run a hypervisor host with other server loads on it. Instead, all loads should be virtualized.

      You can use SBS Standard in a VM, but you must already supply a Hyper-V host server license. The only option (unless you buy Premium) is to use the free Hyper-V Server product. Remember that Hyper-V Server doesn't have a GUI for configuring VM's though.

      With each license of Windows Server, you get a license to use it as a Hyper-V host, as well as a guest OS to run your normal loads, like that SQL Server LOB app, or as a second domain controller, or whatever.

      Microsoft's new advice is to keep the SQL Server loads on separate hardware now, but it is possible to use the Windows Server Standard as a Hyper-V host, and run both the SBS Standard in a VM, as well as a second instance of Windows Server Standard in another VM - on one physical box. Be aware of system requirements though: SBS Standard requires a MINIMUM of 8GB of RAM, and Windows Server Standard's minimum recommended requirements of 2GB (that's 2GB for the host + 2GB for the VM). Oh, but don't forget about SQL Server too....In a production environment, I would realistically expect an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM requirement of 16GB of RAM, and well more than 2 CPU cores to run everything on one box, but your server load may vary.
      Joe_Raby
    • MSDN/TechNet timeframes

      @chambo622

      Usually products are released to volume licensees first, then to MSDN/TechNet, then royalty OEM's, then System Builders, and finally retail channels (when applicable).
      Joe_Raby
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  • RE: Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Small Business Server 2011

    ...And?
    james347
    • RE: Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Small Business Server 2011

      @james347 I guess nothing here... only the most used server OS in the market... *yawn* move along.
      jessiethe3rd
      • RE: Microsoft puts the finishing touches on Small Business Server 2011

        @jessiethe3rd
        Sounds like a general comment.
        Please provide some evidence to your claim.
        daikon
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