Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

SBS 2008 RC1 and EBS 2008 RC1 finalised (updated with all download links)

, posted: 22-Jul-2008 21:46

Last Friday, Microsoft finalised the code for the RC 1 (Release Candidate 1) prerelease versions of both Windows Small Business Server 2008, and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. See below for download links.

Rumour has it Microsoft has confirmed that organisations who have current licenses and Software Assurance for Small Business Server will be eligible for a free additional Windows Server license, and standalone ISA Server license (since ISA Server has been removed from this version of SBS). I don't know whether this is just an idea being debated within Microsoft or if it will actually become official. It certainly seems fair that loyal SBS customers should be rewarded in this manner.

The official EBS 2008 and SBS 2008 release date was announced recently as being 12 November 2008. The feedback I'm hearing indicates the final code for both products should be released to manufacturing (and downloadable) a least month or more ahead of this official release date.

More here:

EBS 2008 RC1 -
SBS 2008 RC1 -

Windows SBS 2008 Technical Library:

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