Microsoft Product Topics Overview 

Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials has been designed to facilitate the connection to the cloud with its integration between on-premise and online services with SBS 2011 Essentials Add-ins. Add-ins provide functionality that extends SBS 2011 Essentials to add additional end-user or administrative features. Add-ins can be online and on-premise, or a mixture of both:

  • Online Service Add-in - Software that integrates Essentials functionality with a hosted online service, e.g., Cloud backup, Office 365, Hosted Email, Online CRM, etc.

  • On-premise Add-in - Software that enhances the intranet functionality of Essentials, e.g., Server Power Management tools, Security & Group Policy, Anti-Malware, etc.


Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (SBS 2011 Standard) delivers enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution.  SBS 2011 Standard helps protect your business information from loss by performing automatic daily backups. Additionally, it allows users to be more productive with features such as e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal websites, remote access, and file and printer sharing.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Technologies
  • Exchange 2010 SP1
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Windows Software Update Services

Small Business Server 2011 Premium

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-On gives small businesses a flexible and cost-effective solution for deploying additional servers on a network running Windows SBS 2011. It provides a platform for running line-of-business (LOB) applications that are based on the SQL Server operating system, role-based server deployments (such as additional domain controllers), and virtual servers that run in a Hyper-V environment. It also gives you the flexibility to access a second application platform when you need it, yet requires minimal IT resources.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business

Compare SBS 2011 scenarios and support options



SBS 2011 Essentials

SBS 2011 Standard

Target End User 

Small and Home Office & Small Business Owner  

Small Business Owner

End User Value 

Server solution for small business users, to protect, centralize, stream, and access business data 

All in one server suite for enhanced productivity and a professional business image

IT Knowledge 


Understands strategic use of technology

Key Scenarios 

- Backup of PCs
- File storage
- Remote access
- Business applications (LOBs)
- Cloud Services 

- Website hosting
- Exchange email
- SharePoint
- Remote access
- Business applications (LOBs)

PC/User Limit 


75, users or devices


Server License Only (No CALs required) 

Server + CALs required

On-premises Management   

Simplified Dashboard 

Integrated Console

File sharing (SMB & NFS) 



Networking Infrastructure (DNS, IIS & DHCP) 



Health Monitoring 



Active Directory Domain Service 



Remote Web Access 



Server Backup 



PC Backup 



Virtualization (Hyper-V host support) 



Active Directory Domain Join 

Create or Domain Join

Create or Domain Join

Server application support (Line Of Business + others) 



Integrated Products 

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Technologies
- Integration with compatible online services 

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Technologies
- Exchange 2010 SP1
- SharePoint Foundation 2010
- Windows Software Update Services


Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 in the IT Department

  • Maximize your technology investments and reduce upfront costs. Windows® MultiPoint™ Server 2011 gives you a way to tap into the unused processing power of a single PC to give multiple users their own computing experience. Because you can reuse older hardware, you can reduce hardware acquisition costs by 35 to 50 percent—all while giving your users the most current Windows® 7 experience. You can even use large screen monitors and split screens between users.

  • Reduce energy costs and consumption. Because you’re only powering one computer for multiple users, Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 can help you reduce your energy consumption. Many schools have saved up to 90 percent in their power costs. In addition, you won’t need as many drops.

  • Provide broad client support. With Windows MultiPoint Server 2011, you can connect in multiple ways and support different clients. For instance, you can connect workstations directly to the host computer by using USB or video card, or connect PCs, thin clients, network monitors, and more through your local area network (LAN). You can even use a hybrid of both. And if you choose the LAN option, Remote FX supercharges high-definition video. Finally, you can connect keyboards and mice at each station either using USB or a wireless connection.

  • Get simple set up and management. With Windows MultiPoint Server 2011, you’ll have fewer hosts to maintain, and those that remain can be managed from the single MultiPoint Manager console. In addition, administrators can log on to all stations at one time with auto-logon, use existing Windows Group Policies, and provide on-site or remote assistance when teachers or staff need additional help. Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 also lets you run some educational and testing applications and programs that may require unique IP addresses.

  • Use Microsoft Windows® Update for updates and patches. You can get automatic access to updates and patches through Windows® Update so you can be confident that your computing systems are up to date. In addition, support is available from Microsoft or our authorized partners—even remote assistance if teachers need help.