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Q&A Part 1: Small Business Server Update Webinar

 

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Introduction

During Microsoft WPC 2012 in Toronto, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition beta as well as lifecycle dates for Small Business Server 2011 Editions.  On July 18th, 2012 Lucy Ellis (HP) and David Fabritius (Microsoft) held a live webcast that covered Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials features and benefits, customer scenarios, HP Product portfolio and transition plans.  If you would like to listen to the presentation please visit this link.

 

This document covers some of the Q&A’s not completed during the session.  Since much of the information covered is about pre-released product, please remember that all of the answers provided by Microsoft are subject to change.

 

-Part 1-  

 

Questions for Microsoft

1.       Q: Slide says "25 users, no CALs" – is that true, or do you mean 25 users with CALs built in?

A: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which supports up to 25 user accounts, has a simplified licensing model and does not use CALs. There are no CALs included with the product and none are required to access the Essentials server. If a second server running any version of Windows Server Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter (2012, 2008, 2003, etc.) is used with Essentials, each user (or device, depending on the CAL type used) would need a Windows Server CAL to access those servers. This is the same licensing model used by Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

 

2.       Q: Does 2012 Essentials install/configure DNS auto, or is that a manual process?

A: Windows Server 2012 Essentials is a domain controller and DNS is installed automatically.

 

3.       Q: Will the integrated management leverage System Center engine or is it a separate interface/engine?

A: The Windows Server 2012 Essentials integrated management capabilities are not based on the System Center management engine. Many client settings like the automatic download of updates form Windows Update are rolled out using Group Policy settings.

 

4.       Q: How does the remote management via Windows Phone feature of Windows Server 2012 Essentials integrate with iLO capabilities?

A: Both solutions complement each other, the Remote Management of Windows Server 2012 Essentials addresses the operating system (ex: reset user passwords, check system error messages and steps to resolve, Windows Update settings or client backup etc.) while iLO offers unique access to and management capabilities for the system hardware.

 

5.       Q: Is integration with "Microsoft Online Backup" for server parts and file server only or the backup of PC client storage as well?

A: Microsoft Online Backup helps protect files and folders on the server.  Client files and folders, such as redirected folders and Windows 8 File History data that are stored on the Essentials server can be backed up online.

 

6.       Q: Having an on-premises Exchange is all well and good - but what are the costs compared to SBS 2011 Standard?

A: The following prices are Open NL Net.  SBS 2011 Standard and each SBS 2011 CAL Suite is USD$809 and USD$63, respectively.  Windows Server 2012 Essentials is USD$425 (Essentials has no CALs). Windows Server 2012 Standard and each Windows Server CAL is USD$882 and USD$30, respectively.  Exchange Server 2010 Standard and each Exchange Server CAL is USD$708 and USD$68, respectively.

 

7.       Q: Can someone remind me how long I will be able to purchase Volume License versions of SBS2011 (without Software Assurance of course)

A: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2013, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2013.

 

8.       Q: For Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Essentials as a guest, does USB pass-through for doing Backup work without a 3rd party solution?

A: USB pass-through is not supported in Hyper-V per se but you can use a procedure like the one described here to attach a USB HDD to a Virtual Machine for backup purposes or you can utilize a RDS session’s USB redirection capability on your client machine connecting a USB drive to a virtual machine: attach the USB drive to your client machine, then select options in the Remote Desktop Connection application. Click "local resources", under "local devices and resources" you can click "More". A new window appears and you can check your USB drive under "Drives" in the resource tree.

 

9.       Q: 25 Users, 50 devices? Is this correct? Or 50 users or devices?

A: Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports up to 25 user accounts and up to 50 devices.

 

10.     Q: For the MS people here - what are the benefits of this solution for on-premises compared to SBS 2011? This looks to offer less functionality (no SharePoint, backup, central WSUS management), and cost more!

A: One benefit is an improved deployment model, where Exchange Server is not installed on a domain controller, which is consistent with best practices configuration.

 

11.    Q: Can you grow beyond the 25 user account limit?
A:
Yes, you can purchase a copy of Windows Server 2012 Standard and the necessary Windows Server CALs and then perform an in-place license transition of Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Standard (no re-installation or migration is required).  This removes the 25 user account limit as well as the Active Directory restrictions while retaining the value-add features (e.g., RWA, PC Backup, Dashboard) of Essentials.

 

12.    Q: What does "Including the ability to join a pre-existing domain" mean exactly?

A: Windows Server 2012 Essentials is required to be the root of the Active Directory forest and domain, and to have all the FSMO roles. Essentials cannot create trust relationships with other domains or have child domains. However, after performing and in-place license transition from Essentials to Standard edition, these restrictions are removed.

 

13.    Q: Are Windows Server CALs required as part of performing an in-place license transition from Essentials to Standard edition?

A: Yes. Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which supports up to 25 user accounts, has a simplified licensing model and does not use CALs. There are no CALs included with the product and none are required to access the Essentials server. When you perform an in-place license transition from Essentials to Standard edition, you will need Windows Server CALs for your users and/or devices (depending on the CAL type(s) you choose to use).

 

14.    Q: I know it's probably too early to ask this, but if you only need a Windows Server 2012 Standard key to perform an in-place license transition from Essentials to Standard, and you get 1+2 instance rights with Standard, if we buy a copy of Windows Server 2012 Standard, can that key be used to perform the license transition?

A: Yes. Please follow our blog for more information about this scenario in an upcoming post.

 

15.    Q: Thank you. What are the possibilities of extending Windows SBS 2011 Standard licenses beyond 2013?

A: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2013, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2013. The Windows SBS 2011 CAL Suite will remain available through the OEM channel until December 31, 2016, and will remain available in all other current channels until June 30, 2016.

 

16.    Q: What are the licensing limitations if we plan to do it in Hyper-V within Datacenter?

A: Please follow our blog for more information about this scenario in an upcoming post.

 

17.    Q: How much is SQL standard? I have clients using Microsoft Dynamics Point of Sale 2009.

A: Open NL Net pricing for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard and each SQL Server CAL is USD$898 and USD$209, respectively.

 

18.    Q:And does any of this affect MultiPoint Server, or is that completely seperate?

A: Windows MultiPoint Server is a completely separate product.

 

19.    Q: Will the Hybrid management be the same engine as System Center 2012, or is it completely different?

A: The management roles and features of Windows Server 2012 are separate from System Center.

 

20.    Q: So server 2012 as host running? nothing but the Essentials and where do you install exchange, on the host or hyper essentials

A: A license of Windows Server 2012 Standard includes two instance rights.  In addition, you can install another instance of Standard in a physical operating system environment as long as it is only used to run the Hyper-V role.  This is sometimes referred to as “1+2” licensing. The two virtual instances of Standard can then run application workloads such as Exchange Server, SQL Server, or RDS in addition to a virtual instance of Windows Server 2012 Essentials (licensed separately).

 

21.    Q: SPEAKING OF RTM? Are all four SKUs coming August 1?

A: No, Windows Server 2012 Essentials will be released later this year, but after August 1st.

 

22.    Q: Will a client currently running SBS 2011 under SA with < 25 users be able to deploy Server 2011 Essentials without needing to buy it?  (Current SA allows them to install SBS 2011 Standard or SBS 2011 Essentials.)

A: Please follow our blog for more information about this scenario in an upcoming post.

 

23.     Q: Which components of 2012 Essentials *will not* work after transitioning up to Server 2012 Standard?
A: Please follow our blogfor an in-depth article about this scenario in an upcoming post.

 

24.    Q: Active IT Design -WSUS is missing too, which should be fixed before RTM. Bring WSUS ability back please.

A: This request has been submitted to the product team.

 

25.    Q: Why is WSUS not available as a Role in Windows Server 2012 Essentials - Microsoft seems to think SMBs have huge, cheap Internet access.

A: With Windows Server 2012, the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) feature is integrated with the operating system as a server role, whereas previously it was available as a separate download.  Best practices For WSUS is to not run it on a domain controller, which is why the role is not available on Essentials.

 

26.    Q: Where is the Win8 Metro client?

A: A preview version of the Windows 8 Metro App for Windows Server 2012 Essentials will be made available close to release. Please follow our blog for an in-depth article about this feature in an upcoming post.

 

27.    Q: If foundation server supported 25 users then you would be able to put exchange on that for less than 25 users. It makes no sense that Foundation is 15 users and Essentials is 25.

A: Windows Server 2012 Standard is a better complement to Windows Server 2012 Essentials if you require an on-premises email solution such as Microsoft Exchange Server.

 

28.    Q: *Most* Value-added features will remain - can you try and be more vague?  Any idea yet what features will remain?

A: Please follow our blog for an in-depth article about the in-place license transition feature in an upcoming post.

 

29.    Q: Is it true that Microsoft is dropping SBS 2011 SA SKUs as at 31 July 2012 even though there's no replacement product available yet and we've a few months between SA end and new product release???
A: Please follow our blog for more information about this scenario in an upcoming post.

 

30.    Q: Any ETA when 2012 Essentials is going to be available for VL license?

A: Please follow our blog for more information about upcoming release dates.

  

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