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Windows Small Business Server’s End-of-Life (EOL) is Here, But There is no Need to Worry!


By now, you have probably heard the news that Microsoft has announced the End-of-Life (EOL) of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) with the final version being SBS 2011. In addition, as of December 31, 2013, this product will no longer be available through OEM. We believe this announcement will affect many of you, and we want you to know there is no need to worry! Starting with the Windows Server 2012 line up, Windows Small Business Server Essentials has been renamed Windows Server 2012 Essentials. By making Essentials a full-fledged member of the Windows Server family, Microsoft is reaffirming their commitment to delivering a flexible, cloud-enabled server platform that is designed and priced for small businesses and the partners that serve them. Instead of Windows SBS, customers should now consider Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials for future purchases.


Windows SBS 2011


License Type



Per Server

  • Exchange Server 2010*
  • Up to 75 users

Premium Add-on

Per Server

  • SQL Server 2008 R2**

*Exchange Server 2010 is sold separately, only available at Microsoft; HP does not offer this product

** SQL Server 2008 R2 is sold separately by Microsoft; HP offers only the newest version SQL Server 2012



Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions


License Model


Virtualization Rights


No virtualization

Per Server

  • 1 processor only
  • 15 users limit
  • Limited features



Small Business, Cloud Enabled

Per Server

  • Up to 2 processors
  • Up to 25 users
  • Limited features


One Operating System Environment


Low density or no virtualization

Processor + CALs

  • Full product features (parity with Datacenter)


Two virtual Operating System Environments


High density virtualization

Processor + CALs

  • Full product features
  • No VM limit


Unlimited Virtual Operating System Environments


Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is a great choice for many SMBs. Essentials is an affordable, easy-to-use server for small businesses with up to 25 users, and 50 devices. It is an ideal first server, and can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses. With Essentials, SMBs will be able to protect, centralize, organize, and access applications and data from almost anywhere using virtually any device.


Another reason Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is a great option for SMBs is that it can grow as the business grows. If the needs of the business change over time, customers can purchase and convert Essentials to Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, removing the maximum user limits and device limits while retaining all data and configuration settings, as well as the unique value-add features that Essentials provides.


Customers using Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter have the option of running the Windows Server Essentials Experience role. When this is installed, users can take advantage of all the features that are available in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials without the locks and limits that may be found in Essentials.


Microsoft designed Essentials to give customers flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud. In previous versions, Windows Small Business Server Standard included Exchange Server as a component product, which added expense and complexity for customers who wished to leverage cloud-based messaging and collaboration services. With Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, customers can take advantage of the same type of integrated management experience whether they choose to run an on-premises copy of Exchange Server, subscribe to a hosted Exchange service, or subscribe to Office 365.


Although the Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on, which included SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard for Small Business, will be the final version of that offering, if you are looking for a “premium” small business server offering we recommend to take a look at the latest versions of the component products of the Premium Add-on, Windows Server 2012 Standard and SQL Server 2012 Standard, which can be used together in a Windows Server 2012 Essentials environment to provide a robust, scalable platform for running line-of-business applications and other workloads, such as Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.


So now, you see there is no need for concern over the EOL of Windows Small Business Server! Learn more about Windows Server 2012 R2 and more SMB benefits and join the Coffee Coaching community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn

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hmmm, all sounds great ...but you might just want to check out the cost of purchhasing Server 2012 + SQL 2012 to replace SBS 2011 Premium Add-on!!



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We believe that the new features that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers are features that SMBs can greatly benefit from and respond to current computing needs. WS2012 has four different editions for businesses with specific needs and budgets. Additionally, SQL also has several editions available, some of them free.


We invite you to get in touch with your local HP+Microsoft reseller, who will be able to tell you more about product pricing for your region and guide you in the exploration of our offers.



If you have further questions or concerns, just let us know.

This is great news.  We have been selling hosted exchange-compatible email boxes for a while now off of our Linux servers, it's quite easy to undercut even Office 365's "cheap" per-mailbox price using Linux.  Outlook doesen't care whether the mailserver it is talking to is a genuine Microsoft software server or an emulated one.

Nice to share information "Small server business EOF". Many are unaware...

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