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Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Platform : Windows Server 2008
2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • 64Bit English 1pk DSP OEI CD/DVD 1-2CPU
  • Greater business insight
  • Automatic daily backup
  • Access anywhere
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Product Description

Product Description

Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.

From the Manufacturer

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Get ready for the future and take advantage of the cloud. Ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, SBS 2011 Essentials provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services for e-mail, collaboration and CRM.

Simplify Small Business IT: SBS Essentials offers simplified purchase, set up and management. Find and access your files faster and utilize your network better and more efficiently. Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials makes it easier to organize and maintain your business file structure – saving time, expense and reducing the risk of lost productivity. From one administrative console, get a comprehensive view of the health and security of computers and servers in the network, making it easier to manage common IT tasks and address technology issues before they occur.

Increase Business Productivity: Take advantage of the familiar Windows-based experience and leverage your existing IT skills to effectively use the device right out of the box. Easily extend your server’s functionality by quickly connecting to online services and applications. Access file and documents from anywhere through any common web browser using remote Web Access. Get more done by smoothly running a small business IT with a server that works great together with Windows 7 Professional, Office 365, and other cloud-based services.

Help Protect Business Data: Perform an automatic daily backup of computers and servers in the network, including the Essentials server itself. Restore individual files, folders, an entire PC, or the server with quick, easy-to-use disaster recovery tools. Safeguard important data and decide who can create and access new shared folders of documents and/or multimedia files from any computer in the network.

Greater Business Insight: Streamline document access and control information sharing using a centralized data repository that can be accessed from any computer on the network. Enhanced Support for Line-of-Business Applications with Premium Add On provides a powerful data management and analysis solution that makes it possible to use many server-based business applications or run a vast number of line-of-business applications on an additional server.

Features Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
Target End User Small Business Owner Small and Home Office & Small Business Owner
IT Knowledge Understands strategic use of technology Minimal
Key Scenerios
  • Website hosting
  • Exchange email
  • SharePoint
  • Remote access
  • Business applications(LOBs)
  • Backup of PCs
  • File Storage
  • Remote access
  • Business applications(LOBs)
  • Cloud Services
PC/User Limit 75 users or devices 25

Product Features

  • Designed especially for small businesses (up to 25 users) and can easily be deployed and managed within organizations where there are limited in-house IT resources.
  • Can seamlessly integrate into online services such as Office 365, cloud backup and cloud management solutions.
  • Provides enterprise-class technologies for data backup and restore, remote access, file and printer sharing, and quick connection to the cloud-in one fully integrated solution.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004UJ0UWU
  • Item model number: 2VG-00202
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,177 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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SBS Essentials (SBSE) is primarily Windows Home Server with Active Directory support. There are a few other features, but it grew out of Aurora which was the upscale version of WHS. One thing it lacks is automatic update of computers in the network, but if you want a server with automatic backup, remote access and simplicity, this is easy.

NO, it doesn't have all the features of SBS 2011, but at half the cost, you must ask yourself what features are you looking for.

I demoed Aurora and worked with a temporary copy of SBSE and all I had to do was input the serial number and it became permanent. I did not have to reinstall. This was good because I should have been able to extend my demo copy but it did not work. Didn't matter, I had already made up my mind.

This is OEM. You cannot move it to another computer, so build well. I'm not sure why it is about $130 less than other versions except that it is OEM.
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I have not found a good use to the essentials add-on, Cost is prohibitive without much upside. The basic Windows SBS standard is very good, this does not help much. I would buy an Office 365 pro license and then install it on the server for the cloud access.

SBS unfortunately has some restrictive policies on SQL server installations. You can upgrade the existing SQL server.. takes a lot of work to get it configured right though.

Might be better to look at 2012 Server essentials, more cost effective, but check out any restrictions with 2012 Server essentials and SQL Server 2012. Also, verify Windows Update Services with 2012 Server as this did not come standard with SBS 2011. I had to download and install Windows Update Services (WSUS) on my SBS 2011 standard setup.
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good price, works well, nice alternative to larger/more expensive win server solutions.
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By stewie on September 2, 2012
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bought this product and load it up on my server, ever since that time it's just problems. Machine keeps crashing, have to start machine at least three time for it to come up, I eventually had remove from hard drive as it was crashing almost every 15 minutes. I want a refund.
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