EBS and SBS volume license fulfillment

What’s New:  Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) will be published in Microsoft’s price lists commencing on October 1st 2008 for SBS and November 1st for EBS.  Normally, when product becomes available on our price lists, it also becomes available for download from eOpen and VLSC.  However, SBS and EBS will not be available for download. 

Why are we doing this:  There are a number of reasons behind this decision, including the size of the files for downloading.
Timelines: SBS will be published on the October 1st pricelist, EBS will be published on the November 1st pricelist.  Both products will be available for fulfillment by calling the local ROC Fulfillment center once these products appear on the pricelists, in addition a link to allow ordering online will be available on eOpen and VLSC commencing November 17th.   

Additional Information:  Partners can visit the volume licensing site (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.mspx) to learn more about ordering these products.  We wanted to share this information with you in the event Partners call the RSC’s to enquire about the availability of these products or the whereabouts of the products they ordered. If you do receive these calls, please apologize to the Partner for the inconvenience and point them to the volume licensing site or their local ROC Fulfillment Vendor for the information they require.

2 Thoughts on “EBS and SBS volume license fulfillment

  1. I was told by the MS Fulfillment center that SBS 2008 Premium would not be available for order until sometime after 11/1 even though the standard version has been available for order for some weeks.

    Wonder if this has something to do with the licensing/media for ISA/Server 2003.

  2. Stephen on November 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm said:

    Is this Official then? I as a software assurance subscriber with SBS 2003 R2 premium, can expect to place my order for SBS 2008 upgrade on the 17th of November for sure?

    We need to move to SBS 2008 pronto as were are doing a CRM implementation this January. We would like to offload CRM to this separate server license.

    Trying to start migration ASAP.

    Anyone know if it is possible to get SBS 2008 Premium sooner for Software Assurance?

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