Small Business Server

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Review

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (Review)

  • Formal code name: Aurora
  • As the name suggested, it is suit to small business that currently do not have any server. It serve as the first server for the company that provide the file and print sharing,  data backup, remote access, etc. Basically it is just a Windows Server 2008 R2 with additional small business add-on like Small Business Dashboard and Launchpad, server health monitor, etc.
  • Simple licensing model and low cost with Server license only. No Client Access Licenses (CALs) required.
  • Limitation of 25 PC/users. (whereas limitation for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is 75 users/devices)
  • In case the company expanded and required further services like email and collaboration service then this is the ideal platform because Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2001 Essentials provide integration with Microsoft online cloud services like Office 365 (with hosted Exchange mail and SharePoint collaboration services) and CRM. (compare the Windows SBS 2011 Standard, the Exchange and SharePoint is hosted in premises within the server)
  • Additional feature that is no provided Windows Small Business Server 2011Essentials is PC/workstation backup that allow backup of client computer into server.
  • SBS 2011 must own the Active Directory FSMO master roles. Of course that additional Domain Controller and member servers are supported.

Small Business Server (SBS) Essential vs. Standard Comparison

SBS 2011 Essential main differentiators:

Tailored for Online Services integration

–          Cross-premise solution with Office 365

–          Retain local core infrastructure

–          Simple, single sign-on experiences

–          Server and Workstation Backup

–          Maximum of 25 users/PC supported

–          Low start-up cost because no Client Access License (CAL) required.

SBS 2011 Standard main differentiators:

Fully On-Premise Solution

–          Email services with Exchange Server 2010

–          Collaboration services with SharePoint Foundation 2010

–          Windows Server Update Servers for local server/computer Windows Update

–          Only server backup

–          Maximum of 75 Users/devices supported

–          Each user require Client Access License (CAL)



Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials System Requirements

Component Requirement
Process Maximum of 2 physical sockets supported, no limit on the processor cores)x64 processor with minimum:

  • 1.4GHz for single processor
  • 1.3GHz for dual processor


Memory (RAM) Minimum : 2 GBRecommended: 4 GB

Maximum: 32 GB

Hard disk (System Partition) 160 GB
Network Adapter Gigabit Ethernet network port
Backup drive (Optional) USB 2.0 or faster external hard disk drive (Recommended to have 2 or more external  USB hard disk for additional data redundancy and backup retention period)


References and Resources:

Windows Small Business Server Editions:

Windows Small Business Server 2011 download:


SBS 2011 Essentials trial version download:


SBS 2011 Standard trial version download:











Windows 8

Where to download Windows 8 Developer Preview

Where to download Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft announce the availablity of Windows 8 Developer Preview for download in:

Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools, Englisth X64 (64-bit)

Windows 8 Developer Preview, Englisth X64 (64-bit)

Windows 8 Developer Preview, Englisth x86 (32-bit)

Windows 8 Developer Preview is currently work in the following virtual environment:

  • Hyper-V in Windows 8 Developer Preview
  • Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • VMware Workstation 8.0 for Windows
  • VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows


References / Resources:


Free Ebook for Windows 7

Free Ebook for Windows 7: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine

Microsoft has released a pretty good and free ebook for Windows 7. It actually combine some of the topics from Windows 7 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press) and TechNet Magazine

You can dowload from: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine

Part 1: Content from the Windows 7 Resource Kit

  • Deployment Platform
  • Planning Deployment
  • Testing Application Compatability
  • Developing Disk Images
  • Migrating User State Data
  • Deploying Applications
  • Preparing Windows PE
  • Confi guring Windows Deployment Services
  • Using Volume Activation
  • Deploying with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Part II: Content from Microsoft TechNet Magazine

  • Migrate Already! Why You Should Migrate to Windows 7. If You’re Still Waffling (by Don Jones)
  • 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations (by Don Jones)
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Windows 7 (by William Stanek)
  • Can’t We All Just Get Along? Running Windows 7 in Mixed Environments (by William Stanek)
  • Integrating Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 (by Alan Maddison)
  • The Good Computing Seal of Approval: Windows 7 Certification (by Joshua Hoffman)

Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition

Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation is a new operating system edition to be released by Microsoft that is targeted at SOHO,Micro Businesses and Small Businesses. It’s a Linux-Replacement that fit to small business IT budget . Below are the features and limitation you might need to consider before purchase this edition:

  • Cheap (You don’t need CALs to connect to Foundation except for Terminal Service and Windows Right Management)
  • Subset of the Windows Server 2008 roles and features
  • OEM license (pre-installed on new server)
  • 15 User Limit
  • 50 TS Connections
  • 50 RRAS Connections
  • 10 TAS Connections
  • 30 SMB Connections
  • 1 socket systems only
  • 8GB maximum memory support
  • No virtualization use rights

For more detail: