SBS 2008 R2 I want it now!

SBS2008R2FAKE Funny you know SBS 2008 was released in November last year, and we all know that it s based on Windows Server 2008 which was released in February 2008. Given that many people have still not made the move to SBS 2008 nor understand it s features and configuration properly, I find it amusing to hear that people are wanting SBS 2008 R2. Microsoft have not even announced if there will be an SBS 2008 R2 or when it will be available and yet people are assuming that it will be and that it will contain everything in Windows Server 2008 R2. May I remind you that when Microsoft released SBS 2003 R2, they did NOT put all the features of Windows Server 2003 R2 into it. Instead they focused on other pain points that the SMB customers needed resolved the primary one being patch management and in that they totally automated the deployment of client side patches and eased the burden on the administrator all round. Why then are people wanting the next big thing when they don t even have a decent grasp on the current product?

Many of the features of Windows Server 2008 R2 rely on having Vista Enterprise deployed. Given that the majority of SMB clients purchase their workstation OS with their desktop and this is Vista Business, I fail to see how they will pony up the extra $$$ to move up scale.

Guy for my part, I m focusing on what is here and now. I m focusing on playing with the products we have and seeing how I can get the best out of them for my customers. Once I ve had them installed for 12 months in my customer base and I ve taught myself all I can about them, then I ll look at the next versions for use in my customer base. My advice for what it s worth is to do the same. With the current financial times we are in, focus on what you can deliver now. Focus on doing the best job for your clients. Focus on getting referral business from those clients and not try to sell the next bright shiny object that passes by.

And yes the box shot above is my lame impression of what SBS 2008 R2 might look like maybe I ll create something cool for April 1st

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9 Responses to “SBS 2008 R2 I want it now!”

  1. Davide Says:

    May 8th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I don’t agree at all. Installing SBS has always a pain. Migrating the previous version to SBS2003 took me more than 3 days, and so it is probably going to be moving our SBS 2003 Premium installation to SBS 2008. I’m planning to do this in the summer (it takes days, as simply upgrading is not an option: I will have to “swing” install a fresh new server – 64 bit – then move the AD, Exchange, backup the intranet, the databases, sharepoint, …, then install the second server with SQL 2008, then the buch of service packs…). I already have the licences (I have the overpriced Software Assurance).

    When I do this, I would like to have all the state-of-art technologies on place, and not having to upgrade to 2008 R2 in a few months. Actually, upgrading the 2003 server underneath SBS 2003 to R2 has been rather easy; still, if Server 2008 R2 is out before the summer, I would like to do all the steps in one time.

    MS please listen!!

  2. Christopher Edwards Says:

    May 15th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    The direct access technology would be immensely beneficial to small businesses that have mobile workforces and don’t have great VPN solutions, it a big step up from PPTP using IAS, and greay way to sell Windows 7 into small business, especially with the improved bit locker and the terminal server “seamless windows” features of 2008. Big shops can buy third party kit to get these features, small businesses need it in the box. Also it would be nice if SBS 2008 R2 included the VM features of Exchange 2008 so that businesses could take advantage of that feature with IP telephony solutions like 3CX.

  3. A. Vega Says:

    May 20th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve only really just recently started looking into it but can you not simply install the Unified Messaging component of Exchange from Add/Remove programs using the SBS Disc 2?

    I’m not sure but I don’t think it’s restricted in any way. I hoping to use one the many online guides to get working with my own Asterisk based IP PBX system soon.

    I definitely agree that Direct Access sounds like a great tech, especially for small business.

  4. pgm554 Says:

    August 20th, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I just read that Exchange 2007 is soon to become a dead product because it will not run on 2008r2.

    So if they release an r2 version of SBS,I’ve got to do another forklift install?

    WHAT R THEY THINKING?

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  8. Logger208 Says:

    May 24th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’m thinking that they’re thinking about change. Evolution. Growth. Advancement. Call it what you will.
    Wow, leave it to those cranky few people that abhore changes they can’t control to complain about it at the top of their lungs.
    SBS has always been a pain to install? That’s because it a single amalgamated product containing several of MS’s products in an “all-in-one” discount package specifically for the Small Business market, a package deal for the small guys called SBS.
    Yet it also seems that’s one reason many SMB “small IT” guys complain about it. Too many things in there. Too scary.

    Why don’t we start whining about the fact that R2 is 64 bit only? What will we do for drivers? And software compatibility? Will my antiquated 16 bit apps still run? WHY ISNT THE TELNET CLIENT INSTALLED BY DEFAULT?!
    Well, now that I’m ranting, I’m gonna go for a parambulation in my steam car.

  9. Quilnux Says:

    October 8th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I think for us, the only real reason we are looking for R2 (within my company) is for IIS 7.5 support, and yes having IIS 7.5 is worth the extra $$$ because of our current internal operation limitations from IIS 7.0. There is more we can do in IIS 7.5 to justify the extra $$ spent. However, personally, I do not think Microsoft will offer R2 at all for SBS 2008. Not with SBS7 (Aurora) being announced.

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