Microsoft Readies Next Two Small Business Server ReleasesBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2005-08-29 Email Print
While it's readying a new midmarket server, Microsoft is continuing to enhance Windows Small Business Server. Expect an SBS R2 release in 2006 and a 'Cougar' SBS update in 2007.
While Microsoft Corp. is preparing its midmarket marketing onslaught, the company is not forgoing its small-business push.
Microsoft is expected to roll out
In the interim, SBS isn't vegetating. Microsoft has two new SBS releases due out in the next two years, according to information provided by Microsoft to its partners.
SBS is a bundle of several different server-based products. Included in the SBS 2003 version are Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services, SQL Server 2000, Exchange Server 2003 and ISA Server 2000. The product comes in two flavors: Standard and Premium.
Earlier this summer, Microsoft rolled out its
New features set to be included in SBS R2 include integration of SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition, Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and SharePoint Services Service Pack 2 into the bundle. The R2 version will add support for mailbox sizes of up to 75GB, as well as support for automatic RPC over HTTP setup. Microsoft also is working to improve patch management for the product with the SBS R2 release, according to Microsoft.