Understanding Licensing for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Windows Server Essentials Experience role

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy David Fabritius from Windows Server Marketing] In this article, I’ll explain a licensing change that has been made to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as well as some related licensing topics when using the new Windows Server Essentials Experience role with the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server… Read more

SBS 2008: Released to Manufacturing!

On behalf of the SBS team, I am extremely pleased to announce that Windows Small Business Server 2008 software has been finalized!  Today both SBS Standard and Premium are being released to manufacturing, which means we begin the process of finalizing international versions, creating media, building packaging, delivering the product to distribution channels and handing… Read more

How SBS 2003 CALs Work with Windows 2008 in Your SBS Domain

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] As you probably already know your SBS CAL allows clients in your network to access other Windows 2003 or 2000 servers in your domain, without the need to purchase additional file and print CALs.  With the release of Windows 2008 we have seen many customers asking… Read more

Small Business Server 2003 Migration Update 943494 Released

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] The software license terms for Windows SBS enforce a limitation that permits the presence of only one Windows SBS server in the domain. However, there is a grace period where you can have a second SBS server in “join domain” type migration scenarios. This grace period… Read more

Debunking Myths About Additional Domain Controllers In SBS Domains

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Jim Martin] Can you have additional domain controllers (Replica DCs) in an SBS domain? The are several myths about SBS (see “The Top Ten (Plus One) Myths About Windows Small Business Server 2003” or the webcast “Debunking the Top 10 Myths of Small Business Server in Larger Environments”)…. Read more

How to Back Up Your SBS 2003 Licenses

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Justin Crosby] Whenever you install new client access licenses to you SBS 2003 server you should backup those licenses.  Follow the steps below to back up your licenses.  Please note that you should also safely store your licensing paperwork. 1. Open SBS 2003 Server Management. 2. Click the… Read more