Microsoft released the evaluation version of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials RTM available to download.
“Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, SBS Essentials is an agile new product designed and priced as a solution for businesses that’ve fewer than 25 users and don’t have a client/server network in place. SBS Essentials gives small business customers an easy way to get their infrastructure in place using our simple-to-deploy server. At the same time, SBS Essentials ensures that business-critical data is regularly and automatically backed up, the health of the network is actively monitored, and users and computer management are easy and straightforward. In addition the comprehensive extensibility built into the product makes it easy to take advantage of a wide variety of cloud services and third-party additions.”
The evaluation copy will be valid for up to 180 days, and you fully activate it to a full version with a product key anytime within the evaluation period.
The product will be available through all channels, including Volume Licensing, starting May 1. Many OEMs and System Builders have already started building specific form factors and solutions based on SBS 2011 Essentials which will start becoming available in the market in May.
Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials is available on Microsoft.com beginning today. Also TechNet and MSDN subscribers will access to the download starting today as well.
Here’re the file details from the TechNet:
Client Restore Disc: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (x86 and x64)
– Filename: en_client_restore_disc_windows_small_business_server_2011_essentials_x86_x64_cd_664348.iso
– SHA1: 678403787D1E364F65FF5BF27D3988C52792F132
Server Install Disc: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (x64)
– Filename: en_server_install_disc_windows_small_business_server_2011_essentials_x64_dvd_664391.iso
– SHA1: 58FE96CD15B46107C0030713CB75A18B5FAFEF69
[Source: SBS Blog]