Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is Ready to Roll!

Today, the Small Business Server engineering team signed off the release of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials! Check out all of the cool capabilities on the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 announcement blog.

This exciting milestone means OEM partners can now use Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (WSS Essentials) to build NAS appliances that are ideally suited to help small business owners keep important data automatically backed up, protected, organized and accessible from virtually anywhere. Active Directory join capability enables WSS Essentials to easily integrate into existing infrastructure and networks.

To help with questions we hear during this time of the product release cycle, I have provided further guidance below.

· When will OEM’s offer WSS Essentials-based server appliances?

We expect to start seeing NAS storage appliances running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials in the next few months. Further information will be released about supporting OEM’s as they unfold their release strategy.

· Can I buy WSS Essentials through all channels?

No, WSS Essentials will only be available via specialized OEM’s only.

· What languages does WSS Essentials support?

19 languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

· When will the Evaluation for WSS Essentials be made available?

The evaluation experience for Windows Storage Server Essentials will be released in early April.

· When will I be able to download WSS Essentials via my TechNet or MSDN subscription?

WSS Essentials will be made available only through MSDN starting early April.

· Can you tell me more about WSS Essentials?

You can learn more with our WSS Essentials datasheet. It is part of the Windows Storage Server family.

I would also like to thank all our MVP’s, partners and customers that have helped us get to this point. I look forward to sharing more information with you over the coming weeks.

Joel Garcia
Product Manager
Windows Storage Server