Small Business Susan

SBS 2011 still MIA on Action Pack

Hello Susan,


Thank you for your e-mail regarding the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription.

Due to system limitations we are experiencing delays posting Windows SBS 2011 Download and Key. We will soon have this issue fixed, in the mean time you can access Windows SBS 2011 and key from your TechNet subscription that came with your Action Pack for Solution Providers until it is available on the Digital Download page.

To access your TechNet Subscription go to:

1. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx?lc=1033

2. Click on activate my subscription and sign in

3. Complete 4 required fields (First Name, Last Name, Email, and Subscriber ID/Technical ID)

Your Subscriber ID/Technical ID# is XXXX


Ugh.  Still no SBS 2011 on the action pack download.  The good news is you can at least run the Technet version for testing in the meantime, but the site that was supposed to be able to release software faster… isn’t.


Stay tuned.



8 comments ↓

  • #   Joe Raby on 02.28.11 at 7:20 pm     

    Will they support you running the TechNet download in a production environment in the mean time? I know about TechNet licensing limitations already, but if we are entitled to SBS 2011 Std via MAPS, does it matter where we get it from – assuming it’s still from Microsoft?


  • #   bradley on 02.28.11 at 7:21 pm     

    Hello Susan,

    Thank you for your e-mail regarding Small Business Server 2011.

    Let me try to clear up any confusion in regards to the release of this program.

    Per our conversation earlier, Small Business Server was set to release at the end of this month, with no definite date locked down, it should be releasing within the next week or two.

    Until then, a trial version of Small Business Server has been release through the TechNet website so that partners may have a limited use copy until the release of the actual Small Business Server 2011 becomes available. Once it is released, all partners will be able to access Small Business Server 2011 via their download portal.

    We truly appreciate your patience and anticipation in regards to the release of this program. I hope this information was helpful to you.

    If we can provide further assistance, please let us know. Thank you for contacting Microsoft.


  • #   bradley on 02.28.11 at 7:26 pm     

    I’ve not received any info that they would support it in production.


  • #   Jeff V. Pulver on 03.19.11 at 4:49 pm     

    It still is not available. This is annoying, as we paid for this subscription, and it has been available on a full-MSDN subscription for at least one-month.


  • #   admin on 03.19.11 at 4:55 pm     

    I know. Use your MSDN, stick the key in and rekey it when the action pack comes in later.


  • #   Peter Harris on 04.02.11 at 9:15 pm     

    Well it is April 3, 2011 and STILLL no SBS 2011 via the Action Pack portal!!!
    What are you doing Microsoft – it was released in December 2010??
    An avaluation copy ius useless. I have an Action Pack Development and Design subscription and I cannot even get a key via MSDN???????????


  • #   bradley on 04.02.11 at 10:42 pm     

    Peter? Email me at susan-at-msmvps.com please


  • #   Eric Ligman on 04.06.11 at 12:39 pm     

    The latest official update on SBS availability for partners (including SBS Standard and SBS Essentials) has just gone live. You can access it directly at: http://bit.ly/fW1pLv (shortened URL since the actual URL is looooong) :-) You can also just go to my blog: http://www.MSPartnerBlog.com and look on April 6, 2011 for the post.

    Thank you,

    Eric Ligman
    Director, Worldwide Partner Experience
    Microsoft Corporation