Microsoft this week announced the RTM of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. This is the product that I presented on at the February meeting of the Sydney SMB IT Pro group and also in Phoenix last month.
It’s basically built on the same code as Windows Home Server 2011 and SBS 2011 Essentials. It’s going to be available only preinstalled via certain OEMs – which ones, I don’t know right now. I will however bet that HP and Dell are on the list.
The WSS2008R2E can be joined to a domain and can backup up to 25 PCs or Macs to it. It’s main role however is to act as a file server for up to 25 PCs – yes it does have limits placed on it, but those are pretty sensible limits in the SMB space.
This is one hot product and you will want to keep your eyes open The official announcement is here