Client PC Backup in SBS 2011 (SBSv7) is now available.

Today Microsoft announced what I think is some very cool reuse of their technology that will have massive benefits for SBS 2011 and even non SBS environments. 

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is a great new product from Microsoft that uses the combination of Windows Server 2008 R2 as a base and adds in the Client Backup technology from SBS 2011 Essentials.  This new hybird was codenamed Breckenridge and was one of the most closely guarded secrets in the new Small Business family.  I’ve had the chance to play with this now for many months and I love what I see.  Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (SS2008R2E) is a box that can be domain joined and will support backup for up to 25 client PCs.  You can use it as a NAS however for an unlimited number of users.  This box can be joined to both SBS and non SBS environments and gives us great potential to use it for things like remote branch environments where we need a small NAS for local file sharing AND it can backup the local client PCs as well.  What’s more is that you can add multiple of these units into a domain to cater for backup of hundreds of PCs (limited to 25 per box however).  It also has the very cool Remote Web App (formerly Remote Web Workplace) interface that SBS 2011 Essentials and the new version of Windows Home Server (codenamed Vail) has.

The SBS team have also announced the device here on their blog and have provided screenshots too.  Check it out.

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9 Responses to “Client PC Backup in SBS 2011 (SBSv7) is now available.”

  1. Hugh Says:

    November 13th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The WSS Essentials box can’t be used as a 2nd DC and file replication can it? If so, it would be ideal for a branch office giving them everything they need. But, I’m sure this is out of the scope of the product.

  2. Wayne Small Says:

    November 13th, 2010 at 6:35 am

    As a DC – no – it can’t – that role is removed. File Replication – yes – it can :-) we win some we lose some :-)

  3. Wayne A Says:

    November 19th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    wondering if it will be bundled with hardware or you can purchase as software only to deploy on own hardware?

  4. Wayne Small Says:

    November 20th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Wayne A,

    From what I understood it will be installed and sold by OEMs as a device. We’ll know more next year when it’s released in full.

  5. TechGear Says:

    January 22nd, 2011 at 6:21 am

    On Windows Storage Server, can you install server software such as sharepoint or ms sql?

  6. Wayne Small Says:

    January 22nd, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Storage Server is not licensed to have those things installed on it. Technically it could, but legally it’s not permitted

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