Microsoft has released an update rollup to WMS. This update rollup replaces UR1, which had an installation order problem when installed on an SBS Essentials network (or with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials). The details of the update are covered in MS KnowledgeBase article 2626067. UR1.1 is cumulative, so you can install it over the top of UR1 if you already have that installed, or you can install it on a plain RTM system. It will supersede UR1 on WU/MU/WSUS.
(note: if you already have problems because of installing the existing UR1, you need to re-install the SBS Essentials to correct the issue — just connect to http://sbseservername/connect and re-install.)
The Official SBS Blog is reporting that they’ve finished the “Windows 7 Professional Pack for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Add-In”. (Whew! Gotta love those snappy titles we get these days!) This is also known as the “GPO Plug-in) for those of us who’ve played with it a bit. The download will be available on August 12th.
The goal of the Add-In is to allow you to easily set group policies for clients on your SBS Essentials network, including security settings, folder redirection, automatic updates and others. Of course, these GPOs won’t work with non-Windows clients, nor will they work with Home editions of Windows, since these clients aren’t actually joined to the SBS Essentials domain. Yet another reason I strongly believe that businesses need to be running a business edition of Windows.
If you’re running Windows SBS Essentials, I think you’ll find this Add-In a useful addition. It doesn’t do anything you couldn’t do manually yourself, but it sure makes it a lot easier to do it! And Sharon has a whole section on Group Policies in our Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials book, which should be available by the end of August.