Showing posts with label SBS. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The next SBS, WSE, beta is now available. Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta (and SDK) is now available

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials

Quick details

Version: 1.0
Date published: 7/11/2012

Language: English

SBS8PrivacyStatementENU-Final.docx, 105 KB
WindowsServer2012Essentials-Beta-English-Install.iso, 4.0 GB
WindowsServer2012Essentials-Beta-English-Restore.iso, 560.9 MB

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 uses and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials enables small businesses to protect, centralize, organize and access their applications and information from almost anywhere using virtually any device. Additionally, Essentials has the ability to grow as your business grows, providing an elastic solution that allows you to purchase and then perform an in-place conversion to Windows Server 2012 Standard if your business needs change over time.

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Title (Required) - Windows Server 2012 Essentials Public Beta

If you are interested there is now a public beta of ‘SBS8’ or Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

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Back to the beta…

I would encourage you try it out, if only on a VM, I have been running it for a while and it is quite light, runs perfectly well with 4gb of ram albeit with zero workload. The current build is almost identical to SBS Essentials, with the improvements noted below in my amazing table.

I will be posting some more articles soon going through the process to install WSE, and also the process of getting an OnPrem Exchange installed and running.

Let’s look at some interesting features of WSE.

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WSE will be a Domain Controller, like previous versions of SBS it will be the forest root, you will only be allowed one WSE per Domain, and you will not be allowed Domain Trusts. There is no option to run WSE without Active Directory.

The Remote Web Access Wizard, still has the same failings, however we are promised this is being worked on and will be a lot better in the next build.

Perhaps one of the biggest improvements is the addition, in the beta at least, of Direct Access.

There will be a migration path to WSE from previous versions of SBS, for those of you who want it.

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MSDN - Windows Server 2012 Essentials SDK Installer Beta (x64) - (English)

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Windows Small Business Server - Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Essentials (formerly known as Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users. It provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services for email and backup.

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It's kind of a shame that AD is required for WSE. I've been looking at Windows Home Server for a while and if there had been a US distributer, I would have picked one up. But now that WHS is officially dead, I was hoping that WSE would fill that void. Primarily to act as a backup destination (including bare metal restores), media streaming and general/central file share. Now WSE does all this, but requires an AD and domain joined PC's. I've played that game in the past with all the computers in the house before and then, admittedly years ago, it was more of a pain than it was worth. Maybe enough has changed now? I kind of hope so and will be keeping my eye on this space to see...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Western Digital releases a Windows Storage Server Essentials R2 device

SBS Diva Blog - Another Windows Storage Server Essentials R2 ships

"WD® Delivers New Line of Network Storage Servers for Small to Medium Businesses

WD Sentinel™ DX4000 Small Office Storage Server Combines Centralized Storage, Backup-and-Restore Protection for 25 Network Devices and Allows SMBs to Connect, Protect, and Collaborate

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in digital storage solutions, is introducing WD Sentinel™ DX4000 (photo), a complete network storage solution designed specifically to meet the demands of today's small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs). WD Sentinel DX4000 includes the Windows® Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system software and the Intel® D525 Dual Core Atom CPU. The WD Sentinel DX4000 is centralized shared storage and automatic server-based backup and restore for up to 25 devices (PC and Mac®) in the network. It offers complete data protection with built-in hardware and software redundancy for all of the connected devices in the network. With capacities including 4 TB and 8 TB, WD Sentinel DX4000 lets small business owners expand small office server storage capacity as their business and storage demands grow. In addition, the WD Sentinel DX4000 small office storage server acts as the "on-premise cloud storage" for the SMB.

"The WD Sentinel small office storage server is the ideal storage, backup, and secure remote access solution for any SMB," said Thomas Gallivan, vice president of marketing for WD's SMB Solutions Group. "The ability to have centralized storage that is both on-premise and offers secure remote access provides a small business owner and employees the flexibility needed for today's mobile lifestyle. WD is providing small business owners with a hands-free solution that offers complete data protection and unparalleled peace-of-mind."

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Five Levels of Data Protection

WD Sentinel DX4000 provides five levels of data protection for every device on the small office network and is supported by WD Guardian Services.

  1. The Drives Inside: Pre-configured with WD's award-winning enterprise-class drives for durability and reliability.
  2. RAID: Featuring levels 1 and 5 for data protection and speed.
  3. Daily Backup: Automatic backup and recovery software provides daily full system back ups for up to 25 devices on your network. Simply set it and forget it.
  4. Redundant Network Connectivity: Dual Gigabit Ethernet configured in Adaptive Fault Tolerance (AFT) automatically switches to second network port in the event of a network failure.
  5. Optional Disaster Recovery Protection: Connect to the small business cloud provided by optional disaster recovery software and store your data offsite for disaster recovery.

WD Sentinel is certified to be compatible with a variety of Operating Systems (OS) including Windows XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7. In addition, WD Sentinel is compatible with Mac OS X® Leopard® and Snow Leopard® for file sharing among Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux operating systems and allows businesses to share files with clients, consultants, and inter-office personnel regardless of the OS used.

WD Guardian™ Services for Small Business

WD Sentinel DX4000 is backed by WD's world-class customer service and support. All WD Sentinel small business customers will receive free tech support for 30 days from the time of the first call. WD Sentinel customers may wish to upgrade their service plan to one of three options:

  1. WD Guardian Express: Offers next-day parts replacement service including shipping and handling costs.
  2. WD Guardian Pro: Offers a one year support agreement with WD service, express parts replacement and priority access to technical support.
  3. Guardian Extended Care: Service that extends the product warranty from the standard three year warranty to five years.

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So for this family, Windows Home Server 2011/SBSE we're now 0 for 2, I think. Two SBSE devices (at least) and zero WHS's (in the US at least). I'd like to get a WHS2011 for the house, and while I could roll my own, I'd just rather pick one up from a high tier player

 

Related Past Post XRef:
First Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials appliance for North America is shipping, the 2TB Workstation Backup Appliance

“Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials” Think “Windows Home Server Meets the Home Office/Small Business”

Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector RTW's (aka Windows Phone 7 Connector for WHS/SBSE)
WSSX 4 U... Visual Studio Project Template for creating *.wssx packages (Think "Windows Home Server 2011/SBS 2011 Essentials/Storage Server 2011 Add-in Packages")

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Office 365 Integration Module for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Beta released

The Official SBS Blog - Download the Microsoft® Office 365 Integration Module Beta for Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Today!

"This week marks the beta release of the highly anticipated Microsoft Office 365 Integration Module (OIM) for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. The OIM allows small businesses to seamlessly combine the cloud-based productivity tools of Office 365 with the infrastructure provided by SBS 2011 Essentials, a first-server designed and priced especially for small businesses with limited in-house IT resources. The joint technologies provide businesses with an affordable hybrid solution that helps protect data, organize and provide access to business information from virtually anywhere, and support the applications that enable the business to run smoothly and efficiently.

The Office 365 Integration Module joins the Windows® 7 Professional Pack for Small Business Server 2011 and the Windows® Server Solutions Phone Connector Add-in to help provide a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful solution for small businesses. If you are currently taking advantage of either SBS 2011 Essentials or Office 365, we encourage you to use this opportunity to experience the collective benefits of both products. Get ready today by downloading the Office 365 Integration Module Beta and discover how SBS 2011 Essentials and Office 365 work better together to help improve productivity and business efficiency.

The Office 365 Integration Module for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials extends the features of the server Dashboard by providing seamless integration with Office 365 services. When you integrate Office 365 with the server, you can:

  • Subscribe to Office 365 or configure the server to use an existing subscription.
  • Perform the following Office 365 account management tasks from the Dashboard:
    • Bulk create Office 365 accounts for network user accounts.
    • Assign new or existing Office 365 accounts to network user accounts.
    • Manage the Office 365 account assigned to a user account throughout the lifecycle of the user account. For example, deactivating a network user account also deactivates the Office 365 account that is assigned to the user account.
  • Synchronize passwords for network user accounts and Office 365 accounts. This allows network users to sign in to Office 365 using their Windows password.
  • Link a professional Internet domain that you have set up on Window SBS to Office 365.
  • View information about your Office 365 subscription.
  • Access your Office 365 management portal from the Office 365 page of the server Dashboard.

You can install and configure the Office 365 Integration Module at any time after completing the server installation.

Office 365 helps drive productivity by giving employees virtually anywhere access to professional-grade email, web conferencing tools, documents, shared portals, contacts, and calendars delivered through the cloud. At a glance, Office 365 includes (click here for more details):

  • Microsoft® Exchange Online, offering email, calendar and contacts
  • Microsoft® SharePoint Online, a central place to share documents and information
  • Microsoft® Lync Online, a next-generation cloud communications service
  • Microsoft® Office Web Apps, convenient online companions to the Microsoft® Office suite

The solution allows companies to use the productivity tools they need while eliminating the complexity, management, and maintenance requirements of in-house messaging infrastructure. Small businesses can now combine the power of an on-premise server solution and the flexibility and convenience of cloud-based applications to help improve productivity, enhance collaboration and communication, and keep business data safe and secure.

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of SBS 2011 Essentials and the Office 365 Integration Module, let me share with you some compelling advantages for small businesses:

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I like seeing the fulfillment of this promise, the hybridization of services, mixing in the stuff that makes sense to keep local with the stuff that makes sense to be in the cloud/offsite. This combination of small business offerings is looking pretty awesome

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

First Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials appliance for North America is shipping, the 2TB Workstation Backup Appliance

WBA Press Release

DeDuping Backup Appliance Under $800

Press Release October 10 2011

Highly Reliable Systems, Reno NV announced that they are shipping the first available appliance in North America based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials (WSSE). Dubbed the Workstation Backup Appliance (WBA), the box has 2TB of deduped internal storage, along with software written by Microsoft to backup 25 workstations.

“Many people don’t realize that Microsoft has backup software other than what is built in to Windows.” said Tom Hoops, Chief Technology officer. “This appliance uses WSSE, available only through hardware OEMs, which is similar to Windows SBS 2008 Essentials. But WSSE can join existing domains and multiple boxes can be ganged to allow mid size organizations to protect all their workstations and provide instant bare metal restore capability.” The appliance stores duplicate files (those that exist on multiple workstations) only once. The company says that this dedupe ability means the data stored on 25 workstations will generally fit onto 2TB. The WBA has an optional 2TB removable drive tray that provides the appliance with self-backup capability, as well as a USB key used to boot downed workstations and connect them to the appliance over the network for rapid restore.

Darren McBride, the company CEO, says that although IT people often claim they don’t allow users to store data locally, users do it anyway and even if they don’t, the ability to recover workstations quickly when corruption or viruses hit is a big time saver. McBride explained that a simple piece of service software called the Microsoft connector is installed using the IE browser to each workstation, and once configured backups are queued and processed sequentially so that scheduling is centralized and simplified. Progress can be monitored via a single dashboard and the Microsoft software has the ability to do continuous incremental protection, which means nightly backups occur quickly. Efficient version retention also allows users to go back 6 months or more to retrieve old versions of files. Add-ins are available from third party developers to extend Windows Storage Server Functionality.

Pricing on the 2TB WBA is $799 MSRP. Additional removable 2TB drives in fully protected and transportable aluminum trays are $170 each. For more information visit www.high-rely.com or call 775-329-5139." [GD:Press Release copied in full]

Highly Reliable Systems - Workstation Backup Appliance (WBA)

"Need a low cost appliance to backup your network workstations? Conventional backup appliances focus on backing up the corporate server, yet according to IDC up to 60% of critical company data is on laptops and desktops. Highly Reliable Systems introduces a Windows based backup appliance with 2TB of storage to provide workstation backup and NAS storage. The Workstation Backup Appliance (WBA) can join your domain and includes Microsoft backup software to protect 25 Windows or Mac workstations. Simply install the Microsoft Connector software on each workstation and use the dashboard via a browser to monitor and manage backup jobs. The WBA includes support for continuous incremental backups, rentention of older file versions, and deduplication of backup files across multiple workstations. There is also a built in removable drive tray to backup the appliance's internal drive.

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You know I don't normally do this kind of press release kind of thing, but the news about the hardware news Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 has been SO quiet (cricket... cricket... kind of quiet) that once I heard about this I wanted to share. Seems like if you have a small business (or really big family) and all you want is a centralized and automated local backup solution, that something like this might just be the ticket.

 

Related Past Post XRef:
“Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials” Think “Windows Home Server Meets the Home Office/Small Business”

Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector RTW's (aka Windows Phone 7 Connector for WHS/SBSE)
WSSX 4 U... Visual Studio Project Template for creating *.wssx packages (Think "Windows Home Server 2011/SBS 2011 Essentials/Storage Server 2011 Add-in Packages")

Friday, July 15, 2011

Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector RTW's (aka Windows Phone 7 Connector for WHS/SBSE)

Winrumors - Windows Phone 7 connector for Windows Home Server 2011 released

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Microsoft announced the final RTM release of its Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector on Friday.

The connector, for Windows Phone 7 devices, allows Windows Home Server 2011 owners to integrate their phones with their server. The add-in will enable Remote Server Management tasks and relay Media Streams for WHS 2011.

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The Windows Phone 7 app also includes Live Tile support. If you pin the app to the home screen you’ll be able to see stats on network health alerts, percentage of storage and the server name without having to open up the application. The Windows Phone app requires the server add-in to be installed on Windows Home Server 2011 which you can download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214671. The Windows Phone 7 Application is available through the Zune Market place on your phone or via your PC. Search for My Home Server to find the application."

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector Add-in

"The Windows Server® Solutions Phone Connector add-in enables you to connect to your home, business, or storage server by using your Windows Phone 7 phone.

Quick details

Version: 1.1
Date Published: 7/12/2011

Language: English

WSS_PhoneConnector.wssx 477 KB

The Windows Server® Solutions Phone Connector add-in enables you to connect to your home, business, or storage server by using your Windows Phone 7 phone. This installation package provides the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector server component for integration of Windows Phone 7 into Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. The Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector add-in is a standard add-in package (*.wssx). After completing the integration of your Windows Phone 7 phone into a Windows Server Solutions server, you can use your phone to perform remote server management tasks such as view alerts, manage users, and start and stop backups. In addition, with appropriate permissions, you can use your phone to view or access media files that are stored on the server.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

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Now all we need are a good selection of hardware with these servers... :|

 

Related Past Post XRef:
RC’s of Windows Phone 7 Connectors for SBS 2011 Essentials and/or Windows Home Server 2011 now available…

Friday, June 24, 2011

WSSX 4 U... Visual Studio Project Template for creating *.wssx packages (Think "Windows Home Server 2011/SBS 2011 Essentials/Storage Server 2011 Add-in Packages")

Visual Studio Gallery - Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package

"Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package Project (*.wssx) for Visual Studio 2010

Adds support to Visual Studio 2010 for *.wssx cabinet files required to distribute Windows Server Solutions SDK Add-Ins for Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

  • Complete Visual Studio 2010 project type that fully automates creating *.wssx files
  • Full makecab automation
  • Full MSBuild support and integration points
  • Automatic packaging of project reference outputs and content items
  • Post-package signing support
  • Includes templates for required Add-In metadata files

Getting Started

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Haven't seen much on extending WHS/SBSE 2011 nor creating wssx files and so thought this interesting...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RC’s of Windows Phone 7 Connectors for SBS 2011 Essentials and/or Windows Home Server 2011 now available…

Windows Home Server Blog - Announcing the RC of the Windows Home Sever 2011 Windows Phone 7 Connector

“Today we are pleased to announce the Release Candidate of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011 (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server). The purpose of this Add-in is to enable Remote Server Management tasks and relay Media Streams for WHS 2011 including:

Alerts

Users

Devices

Media

The Media panorama lets you discover and view streams of media elements that you stored on your server in the appropriate shared folders (such as Music, Video and Picture shares).

Live Tile Support

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The Official SBS Blog - Announcing the RC of the SBS 2011 Essentials Windows Phone 7 Connector

“Today I am pleased to announce the Release Candidate of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your SBS 2011 Essentials Server)

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The purpose of this Add-in is to enable Remote Server Management tasks for SBS 2011 Essentials including

Alerts

Users

Devices

Live Tile Support

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So today we see one of the major benefits of having SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011 on the same foundation, with the simultaneous release of Windows Phone 7 Connectors for both, both looking nearly the same, yet with each having different features based on what its connecting too, i.e. TheWindows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011” (that’s a mouth full) has the Media Hub stuff…