Aurora Becomes Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Microsoft announced today "Aurora" will be released in the first half of 2011 and will be officially known as Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

Marketed as an ideal first server for a small business, SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users and requires no CALs for user access.  The software will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing, with pricing to be released closer to RTM.

SBS2011 Essentials Datasheet

More details from The Official SBS Blog.

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  1. Bob Crook says:

    This is interesting in that Aurora which is a lesser server is going to be released later than the SBS standard product. Probably related to the embodiment of Office 365 in the Aurora product.

  2. diehard says:

    I believe it has to do with the new Drive Extender funtionality, all the bugs have not been worked out yet. This includes Vail or Windows Home Server 2011.

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