Download – SBS 2011 Bits

Windows logoAt long last, you can finally get your grubby little mitts on all of the SBS 2011 download bits. (Hey, I made a rhyme!)

The whole gang is available now online:

  • SBS 2011 Standard (SBS v7)
  • SBS 2011 Essentials (Aurora)
  • Windows Home Server 2011 (Vail)

And you can get them from several places:


Title: Windows Small Business Server SBS 2011 Essentials Trial Version
EN-US_SBS_ESS_EVAL_InstallDVD.iso (3.98 GB)

Note: To download the SBS 2011 Essentials trial, you must sign in with a Windows Live ID and answer a few questions (language, business address, phone, contact preferences). Also, the downloader is Java-based, so you’ll need Java installed on the machine initiating the download.


Title: Windows Small Business Server SBS 2011 Standard Version
EN-US_SBS_STD_InstallDVD.iso (6.35 GB)

To download the SBS 2011 Standard trial, it’s the same info requirements and Java deal as Essentials above.

TechNet SBS 2011 Essentials / Standard Download

TechNet download for SBS 2011 Essentials and Standard

MSDN SBS 2011 Essentials / Standard Download

MSDN download for SBS 2011 Essentials and Standard

The MSDN download isn’t showing up just yet, but it should be online by the time you read this.

TechNet / MSDN Windows Home Server 2011

WHS 2011 is available on TechNet and MSDN

Unfortunately, no ETA on the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) copies of SBS 2011 Standard or Essentials yet.


  • 1.4 GHz x64 processor or 1.3 GHz dual-core processor
  • Up to 2 sockets (SBS 2011 Essentials) or 4 sockets (SBS 2011 Standard)
  • RAM: 2GB min / 4 GB rec / 32 GB max (SBS 2011 Essentials)
    RAM: 8GB min / 10 GB rec / 32 GB max (SBS 2011 Standard)
  • 160 GB min disk space (SBS 2011 Essentials)
    120 GB min disk space (SBS 2011 Standard)
  • 10/100 Network Interface Card
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Office 2010 Hits the Streets – Time to Rock

Office 2010 Retail Package - Professional Version Today (June 15, 2010) Microsoft Office 2010 hit retail availability, and Microsoft is dropping $80 million in advertising to spread the word. The look of the new ad campaign is pretty different from the previous versions of Office. It basically shows happy people on light colored backgrounds with big bold text. Ho hum.

I don’t know if I like the ads, but I sure do like Office 2010. I’ve been running it in beta since May 2009. I jumped on the RTM bits when they went live and Office 2010 is really solid. Dare I say, “rock solid”. I don’t use spreadsheets with 1.5 million rows or anything, so I stuck with the 32-bit edition of Office 2010 even though I run 64-bit Windows 7. The performance is amazing.

Not to be a fanboy or anything, but Windows 7 with Office 2010 really is the Dynamic Duo. Not since I ditched Windows 3.1 for Windows 95 have I been this impressed with Microsoft’s products. Today we delivered some new HP desktops with Intel i5 and i7 processors, and the performance was jaw dropping for the client… literally, no exaggeration. They stood slack-jawed looking at the speed of the new machines.

There probably won’t be a ton of Office 2007 to 2010 migrations (unless clients have Software Assurance). But seriously, if you or your clients are running XP with Office XP or Office 2003, I’ve got one thing to say:

Good enough ain’t good enough anymore.”

Don’t take my word for it. Download a FREE trial and go check out Windows 7 and Office 2010 and see for yourself.

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