Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is Ready to Roll!

Today, the Small Business Server engineering team signed off the release of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials! Check out all of the cool capabilities on the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 announcement blog.

This exciting milestone means OEM partners can now use Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (WSS Essentials) to build NAS appliances that are ideally suited to help small business owners keep important data automatically backed up, protected, organized and accessible from virtually anywhere. Active Directory join capability enables WSS Essentials to easily integrate into existing infrastructure and networks.

To help with questions we hear during this time of the product release cycle, I have provided further guidance below.

· When will OEM’s offer WSS Essentials-based server appliances?

We expect to start seeing NAS storage appliances running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials in the next few months. Further information will be released about supporting OEM’s as they unfold their release strategy.

· Can I buy WSS Essentials through all channels?

No, WSS Essentials will only be available via specialized OEM’s only.

· What languages does WSS Essentials support?

19 languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

· When will the Evaluation for WSS Essentials be made available?

The evaluation experience for Windows Storage Server Essentials will be released in early April.

· When will I be able to download WSS Essentials via my TechNet or MSDN subscription?

WSS Essentials will be made available only through MSDN starting early April.

· Can you tell me more about WSS Essentials?

You can learn more with our WSS Essentials datasheet. It is part of the Windows Storage Server family.

I would also like to thank all our MVP’s, partners and customers that have helped us get to this point. I look forward to sharing more information with you over the coming weeks.

Joel Garcia
Product Manager
Windows Storage Server

Comments (8)
  1. LowellP says:

    Is there a 2012 version of this that offers client backup?  I know that Windows Server Essentials 2012 has it, but it wants to migrate me away from SBS 2011 which I'm not yet ready to do because I'd have to stand up an Exchange 2013 server or start purchasing Office 365 which I don't need at this point.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had a chance to test out Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, so close to being the perfect backup solution for a small business but falls flat on it's face for NOT having the ability to backup any server OS. WHS 2003 backs ups and restores any of the Microsoft Server OS's just fine, why couldn't you guys add that functionality to Storage Server 2008 R2?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does Windows storage Server 2008 R2 essentials support iSCSI target?

  4. tom says:

    I'd like to try to use WSS2008R2 as a "homegrown" BDR solution for clients backup and disaster recovery needs.  For example set up a WSS R2 at the office and another in a data center, or one at their office that replicates to a larger one at MY datacenter (multiple clients).  Of course I would not want to reinvent the wheel (and fail), so do you have any advice on if this would work and any additional software (storagecraft, VM ware etc.) that would be required to complete this?  We are MS OEM partners.  Thanks!  Tom

  5. mss says:

    Why it is MSDN only? Storage Server 2008 R2 is already in Technet, why not WSS 2008 R2 Essential?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where to find a list of NAS systems using Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials? I found the new WD DX4000. What else is already available or at least announced? TIA!

  7. ARGH!!!! says:

    why does thing NOT support static having a static IP address?

  8. Rodger says:

    If this garbage is supposed to help the small business then it's way too complicated. As usual Microsoft only seems to support the technical guru or the people who have got loads of money to waste buying extra kit, or loads of time to waste getting a degree in Microsfot speak. What a total waste of time and money!

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