This one’s a short post. Here are the direct links to the online help sites for Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011, and Storage Server R2 Essentials.
Windows Home Server 2011 – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/windowshomeserver2011
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/sbs2011essentials/
Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/storageserver2008r2/
Quick note for those of you that may be setting up Small Business Server 2011 Essentials servers and are using the online documentation, there is a slight error. Currently the documentation for router configuration links to the wiki article for Small Business Server Standard and the ports required for proper operation of SBS Standard.
The only ports that need to be forwarded for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials are ports 80 and 443. Although, to be honest, you don’t even need port 80. Just train users to use https:// instead of http:// to access the Remote Access website.
P.S. If you use Windows Home Server 2011 or Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, the same port(s) need to be forwarded as well.
Yesterday, Microsoft made available for subscribers on MSDN and TechNet, Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (MSDN Only).
If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, I highly recommend that you check out these releases. Please remember that MSDN and TechNet are for EVALUATION purposes only. If you like these products, please support the teams developing them, and buy them if you are going to use them in production.
Here are the hashes for the RTM releases:
Windows Home Server 2011
File Name: en_server_install_disc_windows_home_server_2011_x64_dvd_658487.iso
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
File Name: en_server_install_disc_windows_small_business_server_2011_essentials_x64_dvd_664391.iso
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
File Name: en_server_install_disc_windows_storage_server_essentials_2008_r2_embedded_x64_dvd_658486.iso
To run MSCDCRC against an ISO file that you have downloaded follow these steps.
- Download MSCDCRC to the same folder that you downloaded the Vail ISO to. (Click here to download MSCDCRC)
- Open a Command Prompt window and navigate to the folder from Step 1
- Type “MSCDCRC <ISO filename.iso>” (without quotes)
- The integrity check will take a few moments to complete. After the check is complete compare the CRC and SHA hashes to the hashes posted above
- If the hashes match then you have successfully downloaded the ISO.
This past week, Microsoft released to manufacturing it’s “Colorado” line of products (Aurora, Vail, and Breckenridge). Aurora is now known as Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Vail is Windows Home Server 2011, and Breckenridge is Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
Microsoft is committing to making each of these products available for evaluation purposes only on MSDN and TechNet in early April. Below is a brief comparison of each of the products with link to Microsoft’s datasheets.
I’m extremely excited to see these three products launch, and can’t wait to see what OEMs and ISVs come with for hardware and software on these platforms. Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be sharing more about each of these products and how then can benefit you.
||Windows Home Server 2011
||Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
||Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
|CPU Socket Support
||1 CPU Socket
||2 CPU Sockets
||1 CPU Socket
|Maximum Supported RAM
||8 GB RAM
||32 GB RAM
||8 GB RAM