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June 8, 2006

Small Business Server 2003 R2 released to manufacturing

Posted by David Hunter at 1:49 PM ET.

As promised back in December, SBS 2003 R2 is being released to manufacturing. Paula Rooney at CRN:

Microsoft is releasing Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 to manufacturing this week.

The Small Business Server (SBS) upgrade will be officially launched at Microsoft’s annual partner summit in July, but OEM pre-installs on servers and general availability isn’t expected until later this summer, the Redmond, Wash., company said.

SBS 2003 R2 had been scheduled for delivery by the end of June, but few solution providers are sweating out the delay. R2 offers automated network patch and update management, a new Green Check feature that yields security information, and support for 75 Gbytes of e-mail. The Premium Edition also includes SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition.

Many partners think current SBS customers will bypass the upgrade because it uses Windows Server 2003 SP1 rather than the recently released Windows Server 2003 R2 and offers few compelling new features.

Details by following the link, but that’s always the problem when offering a suite – it’s hard to keep all the components at the latest level.

Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch notes that the next SBS release is “Cougar,” due in 2007.



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3 Responses to “Small Business Server 2003 R2 released to manufacturing”

  1. Microsoft Launches Small Business Server 2003 R2 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] It was released to manufacturing in June, but Microsoft today used its Worldwide Partner Conference 2006 to formally launch SBS 2003 R2: Today in his keynote address at the Microsoft® Worldwide Partner Conference 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the launch of Windows® Small Business Server 2003 R2 and unveiled new pricing details for the product. Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 is an advanced solution for productivity and security designed specifically to meet the needs of small-business owners, many of which do not currently have a server. … Available for purchase starting in August, Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition will be available for an estimated retail price (ERP) of $599 and Premium Edition will be available for $1,299 ERP, over a 13 percent price reduction as compared with Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition. Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will also be available pre-installed later this summer through original equipment manufacturers, including Dell Inc., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway Inc., HP and IBM, and will be available in 18 languages. If you aren’t familiar with SBS, check out the Web site for more details, but it always struck me as fairly heavy duty to be someone’s “first” server unless it was sold and maintained through a VAR. Whatever the scenario, it always has represented a good price point for a small Microsoft-centric installation. Note also the versioning oddities mentioned at the first link above – despite the name, Small Business Server 2003 R2 is built on Windows Server 2003 SP1 not Windows Server 2003 R2. Filed under OS – Server, Windows Server 2003, Servers, SBS, Windows Server 2003 R2, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Fisheye Limited Says:

    SBS2003 R2 officially released Wordwide

  3. Microsoft starts betas of Centro and Cougar -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] At ENT News (link via bink.nu), Stuart J. Johnston reports that Microsoft has started a restricted beta of Centro, the mid-market server offering announced in September, and a limited community technology preview (CTP) of the next version of Small Business Server, codenamed Cougar. Both are due out in 2008 which is later than the 2007 date anticipated in our previous mention of Cougar. It’s all approximate of course since both are based on Longhorn which has to be completed first before they can put together the final packages. Filed under OS – Server, Windows Server Longhorn, Servers, Beta and CTP, SBS, Centro, Microsoft [...]

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