Welcome to the Windows Essential Business Server Team Blog

Welcome to the Windows Essential Business Server Team Blog. That name is a mouthful for being Essential. But maybe that’s fitting. The product actually packs a lot of software and new features for an ‘essential’ product as well.

In this Blog, key people that design and develop the product will discuss all of those features, the software, tips and tricks, and yes, even shortfalls that we hear from customers. As engineers, we love details, and with 5 products and 15 workloads plus all the ‘can’t get it anywhere else’ software we added, there are plenty of details to talk about.

I’d like to introduce the product to anyone for whom Essential Business Server might be new .The product is a suite of software designed for companies between 25 and 250 computers – and there are around 1.2 Million of those businesses sandwiched between the ‘keep it small and simple’ of small businesses and the ‘we’ve got an army of tech people to do whatever we want’ of enterprises.

The product integrates the core IT infrastructure mid size company’s need to build their businesses upon – networking, email, security, management, remote access.


The products included in Essential Business Server (Exchange, Windows Server, System Center Essentials, ISA, Forefront Security for Exchange) are distributed and configured across three servers to meet best practices for security, manageability and performance. For instance, the Exchange Edge role that handles email message cleaning is integrated into the security server and ISA, while the main exchange roles are on their own server that is otherwise lightly loaded for exchange performance into the high end of the 250 user range of the product.

Some people ask, “Why a premium edition, since the main EBS product doesn’t need it to run?” We asked the same question to a lot of customers from different countries early on and about half of them said, “At the same time we make our infrastructure more reliable with EBS, we’d also like to clean up and get our Line of Business (LOB) applications running on a current version of SQL.” So we included it as an option with the premium edition.

In addition to all that software, which will be provided at suite pricing (pricing will be announced later), there is additional software you can only get with Essential Business Server:

1) An integrated setup across all workloads and servers – configured to best practices

2) A unified administration console and experience from your desktop (that covers not only EBS workload but your clients and other servers as well)

3) Integrated license management

4) An integrated security center that provides a single view of security from the edge all the way down to patching status on clients

In subsequent blog postings, we’ll talk more about each of these areas – why we built them, what the key features are, and what people that are running them now in our private production beta program are saying about them.

But I think the number one question I get now is, “Where can I go to find out more about Essential Business Server?” The answer is actually, a lot of places. Content is going up on Microsoft.com as well as a lot of press articles and sites. In my next blog posting I’ll give a quick overview of all the places to get more info today.

- Eric Watson

Group Program Manager

Windows Essential Business Server

Comments (9)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Windows Essential Business Server Team Blogスタート(Connectにてβ招待中らしい)

  2. Anonymous says:

    What’s that you might ask. Well, there’s a new blog you want to check out. Eric Watson, the Group Program

  3. Anonymous says:

    On which server is the Administration console going to installed?  

  4. Anonymous says:

    What's that you might ask. Well, there's a new blog you want to check out. Eric Watson, the Group

  5. Anonymous says:

    What's that you might ask. Well, there's a new blog you want to check out. Eric Watson, the Group

  6. s.sullivan1 says:

    The EBS Administration console will be installed on the Management server, but available from any computer on the network via Terminal Server Remote Apps.

    – Eric Watson

     Microsoft EBS

  7. Hi,

    What backup mechanism is in place for Exchange 2007 with both versions of EBS? Windows Server 2008 has no Exchange-aware backup mechanism like NTBackup had for years (and worked wonderfully!).

    Are the EBS products going to get a miniature version of DPM, or a modified version of windows backups to use?

  8. techfive says:

    Our team has installed Windows Essential Business Server for a client. Good news all is up and running and we LOVE EBS!! Bad news we have a problem we can’t quite figure out. We have one employee at the clients  location that when out of the office gets this error when trying to remote into her machine:

    VBScript: Remote desktop disconnected-

    the computer that you are trying to connect to cannot be contacted. Verify that it isturned on, is awake, and is connected to the network.

    We have remoted into the machine from here and it IS in fact on and running.

    How can we fix this!

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