Small Business Susan

About that OEM through December thing

If anyone is talking to people about how now SBS 2011 OEM is the only SKU now available and they haven’t been able to answer your question…. shame on them!  Truly shame on them.


 


http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:xfwUbG0sWNUJ:download.microsoft.com/download/0/B/2/0B22F531-338D-4843-B43B-814D922EB724/Windows%2520Server%25202012%2520Essentials%2520FAQ.pdf+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk


Q: How long will customers be able to purchase Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard?


A: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2013, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2013. In addition, the Windows Small Business Server 2011 CAL Suite will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2016, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2016. CALs will no longer be available after those dates.


For SBS 2008 cals you buy SBS 2011 cals and “downgrade them” — really they go no where you just buy SBS 2011 cals to be legal/official



2 comments ↓

  • #   Daniel on 07.01.13 at 10:06 pm     

    Uhhhhhh, dat document! Shame on me! :| Thanks for smashing my head into it. *g*

    Just one quick advice and I hope to remember it correctly. So as far as I remember, you cannot downgrade to SBS 2008 Premium CALs because the licensing model is different. Standard and premium are two fully functional editions, whereas in 2011 premium has become an addon. That’s why SBS 2011 Premium CALs cannot be downgraded to 2008 Premium CALs.


  • #   Justin on 07.04.13 at 11:21 am     

    I find the CAL purchase restrictions absurd. Many companies will just resort to not buying CALs at that point. Your not going to find a company that just installed a brand-new SBS 2011 server (with no ability to buy SA) replace their OS in 3 years just so they can add more users. I can understand retiring the OS itself but the ability to BUY cals is beyond incomprehensible.