By PowerBuy // 1 October 2013 // Related Categories: Tips

Last year Microsoft announced the imminent demise of Small Business Server (SBS) and very soon you won’t be able to buy or upgrade SBS anymore. So here’s what you need to know:

Windows Server 2012 Essentials replaces SBS

Windows Server 2012 Essentials replaces SBS and it can be deployed on a server with up to 2 processors, 25 users and 50 devices. You don’t need to buy CALs  and there are no virtualisation rights. In its basic form Essentials is cheaper than SBS but it doesn’t include Microsoft Exchange (mail server) or SQL server. These options are available to purchase separately but they are expensive.

It’s time to move your mail server to the Cloud

Microsoft Exchange is now an expensive add-on so you should consider moving your mail server to the Cloud. There are some options to consider so speak to your IT expert about the best way to do this.

Consider Windows Server 2012 Standard if your business is too big

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is the best value for money option but you will pay a hefty upgrade bill if you break the 25-user mark. If you have more than 25 users (or if you plan to grow beyond 25 users in the coming years) then consider Windows Server Standard edition. Standard edition supports two virtual servers and an unlimited number of users.

Upgrade for no cost if you have Software Assurance

Software Assurance is a fee-based service that entitles you to upgrade to the latest Microsoft software when released. Plus, you get phone & web support directly from Microsoft. If you purchased Software Assurance with your previous version of SBS 2011 Standard then you are entitled to receive two copies of Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition plus one copy of Exchange Server 2010 Standard.

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