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My blog has been quiet recently – think of it as a the quiet before the storm (or I’ve been maxed around quarter and year end  business, family and partner visits to the US).  Anyway, this has crept up on me before I re-installed my server, so I thought I would just share the love.

Microsoft Announces Public Preview and Pricing for Windows Essential Server Solutions

Today Microsoft announced the following prices for the Windows Essential Server Solutions family:

  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $1,089 (U.S.); additional CALs $77 each (U.S.)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $1,899 (U.S.); additional CALs $189 each (U.S.)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard Edition software, including five CALs, $5,472 (U.S.); additional CALs $81 each (U.S.)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition software, including five CALs, $7,163 (U.S.); additional CALs $195 each (U.S.)

We also announced availability of the public beta, which is available here: http://www.MultiplyYourPower.com

Since I know this will raise some eyebrows I thought I would jump in early:

  1. Yes the price has gone up, but so has the value of what is in the box.
  2. In many scenarios, due to the single CAL purchases and reduction in Standard CAL prices, the solution will cost less for a customer than SBS 2003 today
  3. The Premium product now has a copy of Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition in it to enable SQL on a 2nd server, Terminal Server solutions and more.  The Exchange and management components need to stay on the 1st server
  4. You ONLY need a Premium CAL for users who are accessing SQL, so if you don’t access SQL, then you can use the Premium product without having to move to Premium CALs, saving you money

 

Happy to hear more about this – I will be discussing the product at the London and Liverpool group meetings over the next month.

 

ttfn

David


Posted Wed, May 14 2008 3:40 PM by David Overton

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Ask the SBS Team wrote SBS 2008 could be cheaper than SBS 2003 R2.
on Thu, May 15 2008 2:44 PM

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy Karan Rustagi.] Microsoft recently announced the Public Preview

Graeme Stirling wrote re: Pricing for SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 released (US FPP) and public beta for EBS, with public beta for SBS 2008 to follow
on Sun, May 18 2008 9:10 PM

Hello!

Any Idea on the pricing for SBS 2008 in the UK?

Just hoping that the $ sign will not just be swapped for a £ when it arrives here in the UK :-)

Thanks

GS

David Overton wrote re: Pricing for SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 released (US FPP) and public beta for EBS, with public beta for SBS 2008 to follow
on Thu, May 22 2008 12:34 AM

Graeme,

I have the same wish as you.  I don't have a UK price yet, but historically it has not been the case.  Given that the ratio of old price to new price is 1.8 - I would apply that to the existing SBS price and while not guaranteed or perfect, should give an indication.

Given the new price, do you think this is still something you can sell to new (and existing) customers as a great value entry into Server computing?

thanks

David

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