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  • Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) Discontinues

    Posted by bink on March 8 2010, 2:27 AM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    Microsoft announced the decision to streamline their server product portfolio and will discontinue future development of EBS, effective June 30th, 2010.

    Since the launch of EBS, several changes have occurred that drove our decision to streamline our server product portfolio. First, midsize businesses are rapidly turning to technologies such as management, virtualization and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness. Those capabilities are already available through other offerings, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

    Secondly, Microsoft remains fully committed to small and medium-sized businesses. We recognize that ending future editions of EBS could result in additional cost and complexity for our EBS customers. Therefore, we are going to provide a limited offer for all EBS 2008 customers. Beginning on June 30, 2010 through December 31, 2010, current EBS 2008 customers can get the individual component software from the EBS 2008 suite for free (local taxes, shipping and handling charges may apply). To learn more about this offer, EBS customers can visit http://www.microsoft.com/ebs.

    This decision not to ship future versions of EBS does not come lightly and will not impact any other Windows Server products and solutions, including the next version of Windows Small Business Server (SBS).  As a matter of fact, we are working hard to build the next version of SBS and look forward to a second decade of success with this award winning small business offering.  

    There is a tremendous amount of talent and expertise on the EBS product development team and Microsoft is committed to transitioning members of the EBS product team to work on other projects within the Microsoft Server and Cloud division.

    Finally, in building these products for midsize customers we’ve had the unique opportunity to work closely with customers and partners worldwide. We would like to sincerely thank those of you who provided feedback, participated in the development, and used Windows Essential Business Server.

  • EBS Migration & Installation Guides

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 14 2008, 3:56 AM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    Windows Essential Business Server Installation GuideThis document explains how to install Windows Essential Business Server in a production environment.

    Migrating WSUS to Windows EBSThis document explains the optional migration of Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) from an existing server in your environment to Windows Essential Business Server.

    Migrating Exchange Server to Windows EBSThis document explains how to migrate existing mailboxes, offline address book generation processes, and public folder replicas to the Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) Messaging Server.

    Migrating from Windows SBS 2003 to Windows EBSUse this document to successfully migrate your environment from Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows SBS 2003) to Windows Essential Business Server (EBS).

    Windows Essential Business Server Getting Started GuideThis document summarizes the installation and configuration of Windows Essential Business Server in a production environment.

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  • Essential Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008 Launch Today

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 12 2008, 8:13 PM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    You are invited to join Microsoft for the virtual launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. As small and midsize business owners are increasingly concerned about how to both survive and thrive in the current economy,  hear how Microsoft is putting enterprise-size dreams within reach. Microsoft executives will discuss strategies that can help reduce costs, increase profitability and address technology needs in ways that allow small and midsize businesses to stand out from the crowd.  Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, will kick off the live event with news about the company’s latest investments.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>Wednesday, Nov. 12, 20088-9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p>

    Head to http://thedreamserver.com/ for the launch webcast and virtual tradeshow.

     

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  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 RTM

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 17 2008, 12:19 AM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    I’d like to do two things right off the bat in this, my first, blog post here… 

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    1) Announce that Windows Essential Business Server 2008 has reached RTM! (English now, more languages to come soon)

     

    2) Extend my sincere gratitude to the many customers, MVPs, users, partners and enthusiasts that helped us build what we hope proves to be an exceptional product.  Thank you.

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    The team (at Microsoft and extended by the community mentioned above) has been hard at work on this for a long time - Beta 1 shipped in December 2006 – and we’re now very close to general availability (GA) when we’ll have the privilege of hearing from customers what they like and what we can make better.  The final step in release comes with our November 12 product launch (previously announced), which kicks-off GA.  See Eric Watson’s earlier blog entry describing the difference between the RTM and GA milestones. 

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    Our #1 goal with EBS has always been to increase the satisfaction of our customers in midsize businesses – giving them a better experience and helping them to leverage the full value of their IT investment.  We believe we can do that by tailoring our software to their specific needs, practices and preferences.  The challenge is to take complicated technologies designed for the enterprise and make them more easily consumed by companies without enterprise-size resources.  To succeed in this we knew we’d have to stop talking and start listening. 

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  • Click Through Demo of EBS

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 27 2008, 3:56 AM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    Don’t have three servers spare to trial EBS?  Why not check out our Click Through Demo of Windows Essential Business Server.  These demos require .net framework 2.0 and either Windows XP or Vista.

    These cover scenarios like

    • Managing system health and workloads
    • Review Internet  & network traffic reporting
    • Manage updates
    • Deploy software to computers
    • Track deployment status of applications and updatres
    • Remotely assist users
    • Manage and create users
    • Install licensing
    • Manage CAL assignments
    • Remote Web Workplace
    • View extensibility plug-ins.

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  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 RC1 download

    Posted by bink on July 21 2008, 2:57 PM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    Public Preview Software – Release Candidate 1Windows Essential Business Sever 2008 is an integrated and affordable solution that offers the Microsoft software midsize businesses require - preconfigured, integrated and manageable from a single administrative console, and at a significant discount compared to standalone products.
     
    Designed and priced for midsize businesses, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 simplifies your daily activities with a Centralized Administration Console that gives you a single point of access to your IT environment. Windows Essential Business Server 2008 also provides an integrated and predictable platform, allowing you to view, deploy, manage, and administer third-party applications from one starting point.
     
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  • Partners Gear Up for Big Opportunities with Windows Essential Server Solutions

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 7 2008, 10:54 PM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft detailed how IT consultants working with small and midsize businesses will benefit from Windows Essential Server Solutions: Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008.

    PressPass spoke with Steven VanRoekel, senior director of the Windows Server Solutions group at Microsoft, to find out what partners and customers can expect from today’s announcements.

    PressPass: What are you announcing today?

    VanRoekel: We’re making several announcements that are especially important for partners as they prepare to use Windows Essential Server Solutions to help their small and midsize customers be more productive and grow.

    I am excited to announce that Nov. 12, 2008, is the official launch date for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Activities that day will signal availability of both solutions and kick off launch efforts worldwide. In many ways, though, we consider WPC our launch for partners and we want to help them plan and prepare for the solutions.

    We are also announcing that both solutions are reaching the Release Candidate 1 milestone, another step toward final release. Pre-release versions of Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 are available for download and evaluation now through www.multiplyyourpower.com.

    I’m also pleased to announce that Dell and Wortmann AG in Europe are among the companies planning to deliver hardware systems powered by Essential Business Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2008. Software development kits and other resources will be available to software vendors, so their products can be truly integrated with and managed from within the Windows Essential Server Solutions.

    PressPass: What exactly are Windows Essential Server Solutions?

    VanRoekel: Windows Essential Server Solutions, which include Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008, are our family of integrated, all-in-one IT solutions designed and priced for small and midsize businesses. By combining Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2008 and other Microsoft products and services, these solutions make the benefits of enterprise-class IT accessible, affordable and simpler for smaller organizations.

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  • Bink exclusive: Interview about Windows Essential Business Server

    Posted by RayC on June 23 2008, 4:32 AM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

     

      Last Friday I had the change to have a chat with Russ Madlener, Director of Planning, Windows Server and Tools division at Microsoft. Russ is responsible for the product release of Windows Essential Business Server (WEBS) formerly known as Centro. The meeting was setup after my comments on bink.nu, where I reported the absence of WEBS and SBS at the Tech Ed conference in Orlando.

       

      WEBS is Microsoft's first attempt to release an integrated suite of server products into the mid-market. It is aimed to organizations with up to 300 seats. WEBS will be available in two versions. The Standard Edition contains the following products:

    1. Windows Server 2008 for installation on 3 physical servers
    2. Exchange 2007
    3. Forefront Security for Exchange Server
    4. Forefront Threat Management Gateway (next version of ISA Server)
    5. System Center Essentials
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      The Premium Edition of  EBS will contain the following extra's:

    7. 1 more physical installation of Windows Server 2008
    8. SQL Server 2008
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      Russ points out that the main selling point of WEBS is the integration of all these products, following Microsoft's best practices guidelines. This should take a lot of work from the system admin for the implementation of what can be considered as a rather complex infrastructure in a not so large organization.

       

      Another selling point of WEBS is the integration of Client Access Licenses (CALs) for all products at once. This enables a lot of companies to take away the complexity of the administration of licenses as one license will cover the access to the complete suite of products.

       

      There also is a big pricing award for those who buy WEBS, as the suite of products comes with a huge discount compared to the sum of all products that are part of the suites. I had a case myself where the investment turned out to be more then 60% cheaper when the upgrade of the infrastructure is based on WEBS. Russ points out that this is the first time that Microsoft is offering such discounts to midsize companies. Small companies already had Small Business Server  (SBS) and larger organizations have Enterprise Agreements (AE).

       

      Question: Don't you think the introduction of WEBS will harm the revenue that Microsoft gains from selling server product licenses to midsize businesses?

      Answer: Microsoft expects organizations to start migrating to the current versions of all these server products at once instead of spreading the investment over years. For some products this means that organizations will be earlier with those investments.

       

      Question: What happens with customers who currently already own licenses for the products that are part of the suite?

      Answer: Microsoft is currently working on a discount plan for those customers. Russ expects these plans to be available within a few weeks from now.

       

      Question: Current scenarios of WEBS implementations don't involve Server Virtualization. What is Microsoft's standpoint when organizations want to implement WEBS on virtualized servers?

      Answer: When Microsoft started the design of WEBS 3.5 years ago, virtualization was not very common across midsize organizations. In the mean time this has changed. That's why a number of organizations that work in the Early Adopter Program (TAP) are now implementing WEBS in Hyper-V. Microsoft will provide  a number of supported scenarios for WEBS in virtualized environments before release.

       

      Question: Don't you think that a complex product like WEBS will cause a lot more support calls for Microsoft because organizations will be implementing three or four server products at once in their existing environment?

      Answer: We (Microsoft) hope that the usage of extensive automation of the installation and checks up front will help to cause less calls for support. A number of current calls is caused by the fact that products like Exchange are now geared towards enterprise level administration which causes calls from midsize clients. Administration tools in WEBS will be customized for midsize organizations. This should reduce the number of calls because of trouble with administration after the installation of these products.

       

      Question: Where were the product teams of WEBS and SBS on the Tech Ed conference in June?

      Answer: Russ points out that there was a session for WEBS and a session for SBS at the conference. When I point out that both sessions were not by the product teams and that there was no way to meet with experts from Microsoft, he admits that because of restricted resources his team has chosen to focus on the upcoming Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston in July. WEBS and SBS will be prominently present at that conference.

       

      Russ provided a little scoop for bink.nu by pointing out that he expects that WEBS will already be RTM in November when the Tech Ed EMEA IT Professionals  will be held in Barcelona. This means that all products in the suite that are currently still in beta will be finalized by the time. This also means that Microsoft has serious plans to provide us with released version of Forefront Threat Management Gateway, SQL Server 2008 and Forefront Security for Exchange before November.

       

  • Tech Ed 2008: Where are SBS2008 and Essential Business Server?

    Posted by RayC on June 11 2008, 8:26 PM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

     

      While Tech Ed 2008 contains a lot of information about current and coming products from Microsoft, two products that are currently available as a public beta are absolutely nowhere to be found.

       

      Small Business Server 2008 that debuted as a public beta on May 29

      Windows Essential Business Server aka Centro during its beta is even available since May 13th

       

      Both products consist  of a suite of applications of which three are already officially released like:

    1. Windows Server 2008
    2. Exchange 2007 met Service Pack 1
    3. System Center Essentials
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      The following products that are part of the suite are still in beta and are planned to be released before the end of 2008:

    5. Forefront for Exchange
    6. Forefront Threath Management Gateway
    7. SQL Server 2008
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      Small Business Server 2008 only gets a single session at the conference. Both suites are nowhere to be found in the exhibition area or hands-on-labs.

       

      I asked a few people on the conference about the absence of both product suites, but nobody had a better answer than that the suites may not address the needs for the audience at Tech Ed.  This may be true for SBS 2008, but not for Windows Essential Business Server that is aimed at midsize companies up to 500 users on four physical systems. I can say from my experience that WEBS is actually an attractive offer when looking at its licensing costs compared to the full blown licenses for all separate products.

       

      My guess is that some people at the marketing department of Microsoft have been sleeping.

       

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      There is a session about Windows Essential Business Server planned on : 6/12/2008 10:15AM-11:30AM in room S310 C. I still think this is very little information about a major upcoming product on such a large IT Pro event.

  • SBS and EBS videos on Technet Edge

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 20 2008, 9:52 PM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    There are new demonstration videos of the upcoming Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 on TechNet Edge.

    Program manager Bjorn Levidow provides an overview of EBS management, including remote administration, add-in management and license tracking.  Becky Ochs, program manager for SBS, shows setup of SBS 2008, including the new Answer File tool.

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  • Microsoft Announces Public Preview and Pricing for Windows Essential Server Solutions

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 13 2008, 11:25 PM. Posted in Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    Customers and Microsoft Corp. partners can now visit http://www.MultiplyYourPower.com to find out how to evaluate pre-release versions of Windows Essential Server Solutions for small and midsize companies: Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Microsoft also today announced pricing for both solutions.

    By combining Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2008 and other Microsoft products and services into all-in-one IT solutions, Windows Essential Server Solutions help businesses improve efficiency, increase productivity and drive growth. The solutions also are ideal for technology advisors serving the increasingly sophisticated IT needs of small and midsize customers.

    “Small and midsize companies are looking for many of the same IT capabilities and benefits as those sought by large enterprises,” said Ray Boggs, vice president Small/Medium Business Research at IDC. “But the technology has to be delivered as part of simpler, integrated and more affordable solutions for organizations with minimal IT staffs and resources. And of course it helps if solutions are also tailored to meet the needs of technology consultants that often work with those small and midsize firms.”

    Beta Program Participants Already Seeing Value

    A number of customers and partners already have been privately testing Windows Essential Server Solutions, providing valuable feedback to Microsoft. They already are reporting great benefits, too.

    Sumeeth Evans is director of IT for Collegiate Housing Services, a company that coordinates student housing for colleges. He said, “With Essential Business Server 2008, our administrative workload is one-tenth of what it was before. This is the largest step forward we have ever seen in terms of our ability to focus technology on real business needs.”

    Dave Benson is founder and chief financial officer of Epicurean Cutting Surfaces, which creates popular kitchen cutting boards and utensils using sustainable materials. He said, “Small Business Server 2008 is advanced software that eliminates a lot of wasted time and allows us to focus on our business goals and to sell globally.”

    Erik Thorsell, president of Success Computer Consulting in Minneapolis, said, “Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 are both designed with me and my clients in mind. They make it easy for me to give my customers the freedom to work effectively from home or on the road.”

    Solutions Designed and Priced for Small and Midsize Businesses

    Slated for general availability later this year, Windows Essential Server Solutions are much easier for small and midsize companies to implement and manage than separate products. In response to customer and partner feedback, Windows Essential Server Solutions provide flexible pricing and licensing that offer substantial cost savings over purchasing individual products like those included in the solutions. Examples of licensing improvements over the current Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 product include these:

    Customers will be able to purchase single client access licenses (CALs), so they will pay only for the exact number of employees using the product.

    Customers can cost-effectively purchase a mix of Standard or Premium CALs, as appropriate to the technologies that individual employees are using.

    CALs now apply to other copies of Windows Server, SQL Server or Exchange Server on the network, eliminating the need to purchase additional CALs.

    Also, Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition includes additional Windows Server 2008 Standard technologies with SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business, making it an ideal platform for critical business applications.

    Windows Essential Server Solutions pricing* is as follows:

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $1,089 (U.S.); additional CALs $77 each (U.S.)

    Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $1,899 (U.S.); additional CALs $189 each (U.S.)

    Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $5,472 (U.S.); additional CALs $81 each (U.S.)

    Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $7,163 (U.S.); additional CALs $195 each (U.S.)

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  • Do you want to test Small Business Server 2008 / Essentials Business Server 2008?

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 22 2008, 8:50 PM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Essential Business Server (Centro).

    If you do, you should definitely email the guys who are looking after the betas'.

    If you are interested, drop an email to preview@microsoft.com, with the name of the beta you want to go onto in the subject line:

    • Small Business Server 2008 Beta Program
    • Essentials Business Server 2008 Beta Program

    And simply ask for the information, and they'll send it to you as soon as its available!

    In the mean time, you can read all about Small Business Server 2008 and Essentials Business Server 2008!

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