Microsoft Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011

November 6, 2010

• Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses, providing 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 such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM. Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users, requiring no CALs for user access and is expected to release in H1 2011. SBS 2011 Essentials will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and estimated retail pricing is $545US.

• Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (formally Windows Small Business Server “7”) is designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, delivering enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard helps protect business’ information from loss by performing automatic daily server backups and greater productivity through on-site features like e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, and file and printer sharing. Licensing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is consistent with previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required both a Server License, plus CALs for each user. Estimated retail pricing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is $1,096US, with CALs approximately $72US. Windows SBS 2011 Standard will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and is expected to release in December 2010. Further availability through OEM’s and System Builders is expected starting February 2011.

• Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, consists of an additional server that provides support for SQL Server based LOB applications and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies in a cost effective solution for a small business environment. The Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business and can be added to both Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Standard editions. The Premium add-on provides the ability to run a vast number of line-of-business applications on an additional server and the capacity to make more informed business decisions with rich analysis and reporting technologies. It is ideal for role based deployments such as LOB application support, Remote Desktop Services, Backup domain controller, and Virtualization though Hyper-V. The decision to move to an add-on model was taken to provide our customers with more flexibility and deployment options providing the ability to purchase additional servers either up front or as needed. While access to the Windows Server components for the Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will be covered by the Windows SBS 2011 CAL model, users will still require Premium Add-on CALs for access to SQL Server. Estimated retail pricing for Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is $1,604US, with CALs approximately $92US. The Premium Add-on will also be available with the release of Windows SBS 2011 Standard in December.



September 26, 2010

The Windows XP upgrade to Windows 7 is quite fast (less than half and hour) and will copy most of our old settings to a Windows.old folder; however, there is a problem. You will have to reinstall all of your old applications on your new Windows 7 profile UNLESS you use a migration tool. I have been using PCMover from Laplink and it WORKS smooth as glass to move those applications as well. Surprisingly this works for IN-PLACE upgrades as well as over a network to new hardware.

Most importantly, the DOMAIN user settings and profiles are moved as well, but the workstation must be connected to the domain for the process to work. The IN-PLACE process involves installing PCMOVER on XP Pro, creating your “moving van” on an external storage device (such as USB), installing Windows 7 Pro, reinstalling it to the domain, re-installing PCMOVER (same per device license) and adding your “moving van” back to it from external storage. The whole process takes less than 2 hours – depending on the size of the “moving van” AND time to resolve application compatibility issues if necessary. This is a very slick migration method that can be used with a cost phased approach to getting those old XP workstations on the better, more secure and FASTER Windows 7 operating system. Obviously, you may need new hardware to use the 64bit version, but I have had great success running the 32bit upgrade with only 2 GB RAM (4 GB preferred). THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT WORKS!!

Intel Heros

June 14, 2009

From the Wisdom of the SBS DIVA blog…

February 27, 2009

“The upgrade process is ugly on a 3 year old system”
“Upgrade path can be ugly”
Windows 7: Trouble on the upgrade path – Apple 2.0:
First off, only geeks, people that love to torture themselves and Computer magazines that have turned the corner on “I want to drool about Windows 7” to the “Now I’m ranting to get a headline” UPGRADE to Windows 7. The rest of the reasonable universe buys new systems.
When the information technology guys discover how painful it can be to upgrade their current PC hardware to Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 7 — the successor to the much-maligned Windows Vista — they may be tempted to switch to Linux or Apple’s (AAPL) Mac OS X.
When all of my applications get up in the cloud call me. When all of my line of business stuff runs on anything but Windows, call me. When any of you guys running these reviews and articles run a BUSINESS instead of a journalism shop where you’ve been on the Mac platform for years, call me. Don’t give me this “it will run on WINE” crud either. Or the “oh you can use this alternative Quickbooks killer”, no we don’t kill off Quickbooks, it’s the 800 pound Elephant in the room that we embrace because it’s where our business sends out invoices to our customers in. And the Mac version pales in comparison and the Ubuntu version is non existent.
Oh but you can use Parallels to run Windows on top of your Mac. Okay but then I’m back to running Windows, aren’t I?
Yes, upgrading is hard. Yes it will be many years that people will be running Windows XP. It’s officially supported until 2015 in fact. But this idea that tomorrow entrenched businesses are going to move lock stock and barrel to a new platform and buy all new support tools in this economy?
Exactly what are you guys smokin’?
Want the best experience for Windows 7? You buy it with the hardware. End of story. You do not take 3 year old systems and upgrade them. Only us geeks that want to prove a point do that. In the meantime all of us who have Vista deployments now will be a good year to two years in our IT knowledge ahead of you guys in your Win7 deployments. That’s why the best path to Win7 is still through Vista.
But folks, when 7 comes out, your best experience is still, and always will be, with a nice shiny new machine.

Windows XP End-of-Life Information

January 14, 2009
Windows XP End-Of-Sales (January 31, 2009)

Microsoft will soon discontinue selling Windows XP through our sales channels. In industry terms this is called “End-Of-Sales” (EOS). The last day Microsoft Authorized OEM Distributors can purchase Windows XP from Microsoft will be January 31, 2009. For major PC manufacturers, this EOS date was June 30, 2008. OEM Distributors can continue to sell Windows XP to their system builder customers subsequent to January 31, 2009, while they work through their existing inventory.

Welcome to the SmallBizWiz Blog

November 25, 2008

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