In late 2010, Microsoft introduced Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials as an ideal first server for small businesses with up to 25 users. SBS 2011 Essentials provided on-premise functionality with cloud integration with solutions like Office 365.  

Recently, Microsoft elevated Essentials to a core edition of the Windows Server 2012 family.


What has changed for SBS 2011 Essentials customers?

Per Microsoft, this change was done to more clearly communicate how this product is positioned in the market relative to the other Windows Server editions.  Microsoft wanted to simplify their messaging to customers and partners and increase the level of visibility for the product and highlight its unique value for the small business market.


What does this mean for Dell small business customers?

Conforming to Microsoft’s strategy, Windows SBS 2011 Essentials is no longer available for purchase.  Any Dell customer looking for Small business server essentials edition will be provided with Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition. There is no Premium Add-on available for WS2012 Essentials.

In Windows Server 2012 Essentials Edition you will get many new features in addition to the SBS 2011 Essential  features mentioned above. The Dell version of WS2012 Essentials provides you with a few in-built add-ins and USB client restore media for quick recovery of your client machines.


To know more about Dell + Windows Server 2012 Essentials, refer to our Windows Server Essentials Client Restore wiki on Dell TechCenter.

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For information about migrating to Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows SBS 2011 Standard, see this link on Microsoft TechNet: Migrate Windows Small Business Server to Window Server 2012 Essentials