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Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Designed and priced for small businesses with less than 25 users. Utilizing the latest Windows Server® technology, it provides a simple, easy-to-use solution to help protect data with automatic daily backups for client systems, provide file and document access from anywhere with centralized storage and access to cloud-based services such as email, collaboration and line of business applications.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Specially designed software suite for businesses with fewer than 75 users. It incorporates key Windows Server technologies that provide many of the features used by larger companies, including integration with key line-of-business applications such as accounting and CRM. This one (SBS Standard) to two (with SBS Premium Add-On) server solution provides email, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, support for mobile devices, file and printer sharing, backup and restore — all at a discount from the individual product prices of the software suite.

Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on

Premium Add-on is available for either Essentials or Standard and is the extra licenses that are needed for a second server with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL server Standard edition

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Microsoft® Small Business Server 2011 Product Technologies SBS 2011 Essentials
(1–25 users)
SBS 2011 Standard
(1–75 users)
SBS 2011 Premium Add-on
(available as an additional purchase for SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials)
Messaging and Collaboration
Offers advanced email and calendar functionality delivering a seamless end-user collaboration experience and advanced security and archiving features
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 available separately through cloud-based subscription services
Work Anywhere Collaboration and Productivity
Share internal documents, coordinate calendars, manage issues and participate in discussions while you’re on the road.
Windows SharePoint® Foundation Services 2010 available separately through cloud-based subscription services yes
Network Updates and Protection
Enables administrators to deploy and fully manage the distribution of the latest MS product updates to computers in their network.
Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 yes yes
Database Management and Analysis
SBS 2011Premium Add-on includes software to run on a second server that is dedicated to supporting a vast number of line-of-business applications such as accounting, business planning and CRM, which share a centralized database so that all employees can work from the same information.
Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2 for Small Business  yes
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