Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2: Powering Small Businesses

Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS 2003 R2) is an update release to the award-winning SBS 2003 product, providing new features to address the growing needs of small businesses.

Why Do You Need SBS 2003 R2?

• Keep Your Business Up and Running: SBS 2003 R2 helps secure your network, keep it up and running, and protect your business information, allowing you to spend more time focusing on your business and less time and money on technology issues.

• Do More with Less: SBS 2003 R2 offers the technology and tools to help you run your business more efficiently, improve employee productivity, and reduce costs.

• Connect with Customers: SBS 2003 R2 helps you communicate in new ways and take better care of your customers by providing tools that help you stay more connected, look and interact more professionally, and manage your customer relationships more effectively.

Get the “Green Check” of Software Health with SBS 2003 R2

SBS 2003 R2 delivers all the current product benefits plus new features, including:
• The “green check” of software health indicates that your computers running Microsoft software are up to date or the daily report details actions necessary for attaining “green check” status.

• Simplified update management to keep your PCs and servers current with the latest updates, enhancing the security of your network, so you can have peace of mind.

• Improved e-mail productivity: increased mailbox limits from 16 gigabytes (GB) to 75 GB, so you can get more from your e-mail communications.

• A powerful, integrated data management and reporting solution that supports the largest selection of business software applications (Premium Edition only).

• Reduced costs and increased flexibility through expanded client access license (CAL) rights: SBS 2003 R2 entitles you to access additional servers in your network (Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workgroup, Microsoft Windows Server), saving you money and offering you more flexibility in growth.

How Can You Get SBS 2003 R2?

SBS 2003 R2 will be available starting August 20062 through original equipment manufacturers (OEM), system builders, resellers and select retailers. Microsoft Partners, especially
Microsoft Small Business Specialists, are trained to help.
*English and German only. Additional languages will be available in following months.

For Existing Customers

Customers with SBS 2003 can take advantage of the following programs:

• Current SBS 2003 with SP1 customers can take advantage of the Technology Upgrade Program to receive SBS 2003 R2 — see details
on this page.

• SBS customers with Software Assurance will be able to obtain SBS 2003 R2 without purchasing a new server license3 for a nominal shipping and handling fee.

• SBS customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase a new version upgrade SKU via retail, which will enable them to cost-effectively upgrade from any previous version of SBS (4.0, 4.5, 2000, 2003) to SBS 2003 R2.


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