Microsoft’s SMB Guru – Eric Ligman announced last week here that Microsoft Action Pack subscribers can now download both SBS 2011 Essentials and SBS 2011 Standard from Microsoft.com.
Resellers have been champing at the bit to get hold of these so that they can test them out before deploying them to customer environments. Whilst SBS 2011 Essentials is not yet available in the channel, it does not prevent resellers from starting to explore the new SBS 2011 Essentials. Many are finding that despite the name, it’s not just a cut down product from SBS 2011 Standard, but in fact a new product built from the ground up. There are a few major changes under the hood that many resellers are finding out “the hard way”. ‘I’ll be doing a blog post on that later this week.