SBS 2008 v SBS 2011 comparison


Some new documents have just been published about SBS including licensing overviews and comparison. These will be placed on the partner portal and links advertised in the next SBSC newsletter, but in the meantime I thought the comparison text below may be of interest.



Key Updates and Changes

Windows Server 2008 R2 Technologies provides a reliable and secure 64-bit platform for size small businesses. Access the same technologies that large enterprises do, while ensuring easy and effortless day-to-day management of your environment.

SBS 2011 Premium Add-on is a new product that replaces the extended functionality found in the SBS 2008 Premium edition. It provides a second copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Technologies, which can be used to support roles such as Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services, and a copy of SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business. Customers can now purchase the add-on as needed and are not limited to only one copy.

Remote Web Access (formerly Remote Web Workplace) now provides direct access to server shared folders and data for remote and mobile users, including multiple file upload. The new modular and highly extensible interface also provides access to familiar services such as email via Outlook Web App, the company web intranet site, and the ability for users to connect to computers on the internal network.

SharePoint Foundation 2010 vastly improves your internal company web site with support for more browsers and devices, while providing an easy to use central administration model. Solve business problems more quickly and securely by leveraging new features such as Microsoft Business Connectivity Services, Claims-Based Authentication, integrated SharePoint Health Analyzer, and the ability to deploy solutions in an isolated security context.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook Web App deliver a rich web-based email experience, so your users can work and collaborate more effectively wherever they are. Users can access e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, SMS text messages, and more*—all in one place and through all modern web browsers.

Feature Comparison Summary

Technology / Feature

Windows SBS 2008 Standard

Windows SBS 2011 Standard

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 Standard Technologies

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Technologies


Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Standard SP1


Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Windows SharePoint 2010 Foundation

Update Services

Windows Server Update Services 3.0

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 with SP2

Shared Fax Service

Windows Server Shared Fax

Windows Server Fax Service

Database Server (Premium Edition)

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard for Small Business

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Businesses

Migrate during business hours



Computer update policies

Automatically configured

Automatically configured

Real time status alerts

Security, update, backup, and system alerts

Improved and enhanced security, update, backup, and system alerts

Windows Mobile support

Windows Mobile 5.0 and above

Windows Mobile 6.5 and above

Outlook Web Access

OWA 2007

OWA 2010

Remote Access

Remote Web Workplace

Remote Web Access

Usage and performance reporting



Ability to access server shared folders remotely



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