The answer appears to be until 7/31

Small Business Server L&SA to be removed from the August Price list « Debbie A: Looking at Licensing:

At that time while you can still buy SBS 2011, you can’t buy SA on it.  Keep in mind that while the SA fulfillment offer says one copy of Windows Server 2012, that’s one copy of Windows Server that gives you a two servers installed in a hyperV parent right.  So a 1+2 right not the old 1+1 right.  Two instances of Windows Server + Exchange + Exchange cals + Windows Cals, + purchasing RD cals to give you remote desktop rights, means that a SBS like solution could be deployed with your SA make good pieces.  Yes not the price advantage of SBS, but for those folks in that no mans land above 25 users there is the ability to grow beyond 25 in essentials (top limit unknown at this time) as well.  In case you missed reading that in the original blog post.

“Additionally, Essentials can grow with the needs of your business over time; you can purchase and convert to Windows Server 2012 Standard, removing the maximum user and device limits while retaining all your data and configuration settings as well as the unique value-add features that Essentials provides.”

I know this is a lot ot digest and think about and for those wanting to add SA to SBS 2011 standard you don’t (apparently) have too much time to do it in.

4 Thoughts on “So how long is SBS 2011 sold with SA?

  1. squeakstar on July 6, 2012 at 6:21 am said:

    where can i get the definitive lowdown on what my SA includes for the future?

    We only just bought SA’d SBS2011 and premium add on a month a go – gutted!

  2. squeakstar on July 6, 2012 at 6:55 am said:

    scratch last comment found the 2012 licensing PDF!

    Should we take it for granted SBS 2011 w/ Premium Add-On licensees will get exchange 2010 license? It says so for SSB 2011 standard but no mention of Exchange 2010 for us PAO investors 🙁

  3. bradley on July 6, 2012 at 8:55 am said:

    SBS 2011 with Premium add on is two products. SBS 2011 gets Windows server 2012 and Exchange 2010 and PAO gets Windows Server 2010 and SQL.

  4. The person who sgusegted logmein (or whatever that remote control service is) needs to read the question again that’s a fine solution for ONE USER at a time. This person needs SEVEN users.Server 2003 is a little cheaper but you have to think about what you are doing with it and if there will be any growth. A terminal server should have LOTS of RAM I like as an absolute MINIMUM 512 MB per user prefer 1 GB per user. BUT 32 bit versions of Windows Server Standard only support 4 GB of RAM TOTAL. You could go with Enterprise but that’s $3000+. So you’re left with 64bit Versions of Windows which you need to check your software on MOST 32bit software will work fine under x64, but NOT ALL. (64 bit versions of Windows go at least to 32 GB of RAM Enterprise 64bit, I believe, goes to 2TB).As for parallels or another virtual platform, you still need windows licenses AND licenses for parallels In the end, for 7 users, the total cost may be SLIGHTLY more expensive for a Windows solution instead of parallels, but if you ever need to add more stations, it will rapidly become cheaper with Windows. The exception to this is if you end up with software that is not compatible with Windows Server 64bit versions. Then parallels will likely be worth the cost.By the way 2003 and 2008 have the same 4 GB limit for 32 bit versions of Server standard. I’d go wtih 2008, as it will last you longer and offers some advanced RDP (Terminal Services) features, like Terminal Services Gateway.

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