Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Discontinuation General Information & FAQ

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Effective June 30, 2010, Microsoft will discontinue future development of Windows Essential Business Server (EBS), the infrastructure solution designed for midsize businesses.

 Our decision to discontinue future plans for Windows Essential Business Server was based on several factors, but most notably in response to midsize businesses making a rapid shift towards technologies such as management, virtualization and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness.  As it happens, those technologies are offered today through other Microsoft solutions, and midsized customers are adopting them, including Windows Server® 2008 R2, Microsoft® System Center, Microsoft Exchange Server, and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). 

 We believe that streamlining our server product portfolio will provide clarity for customers and partners to determine which option might be right for them.

 

Migration for Solution Pathway (Retail) and OEM customers

Solution Pathway (Retail) and OEM customers who acquired license(s) for Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard and/or Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium are eligible to receive most of the individual components of the EBS 2008 suite for free (local taxes, shipping and handling charges may apply).

 The offer provides existing EBS 2008 customers with 3 licenses of Windows Server 2008 Standard, 2 licenses of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard, and Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 which includes 10 Server Management licenses and 50 Client Management licenses.  In addition to the licenses, EBS 2008 customers can use their EBS 2008 Client Access Licenses (CALs) to access their EBS 2008 Server as well as instances of the standalone components.

 Order your EBS 2008 Migration kit directly through the EBS 2008 Migration Fulfillment store.  You will need your EBS Management Server Physical 25-digit Product Key to access the store.  Only one transaction per product key is allowed.  Please visit www.microsoft.com/ebs to order your kit.

 In addition to ordering the EBS 2008 Migration kit, you can access the EBS 2008 Migration Preparation Tool and white papers to assist you during your migration process.  These resources will help enable you and guide your transition. 

The EBS 2008 Migration Preparation Tool and white papers can be found at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/983141.
Migration for Volume Licensing Customers

Volume Licensing customers who acquired licenses for Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard and/or Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium are eligible to receive most of the individual components of the EBS 2008 suite for free (local taxes, shipping and handling charges may apply).  Volume Licensing customers need to log into the Volume Licensing Server Center (VLSC) at: https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/ in order to download the software for this licensing change.   The use rights for the supplemental licenses that Volume Licensing customer will receive will be detailed in the Microsoft Product List for July 2010.

 Please see the detailed offering below for Volume Licensing customers that have EBS licenses and have their EBS licenses enrolled in Software Assurance.

All Volume Licensing customers with                  EBS 2008 Server Licenses

All Volume Licensing customers with  EBS 2008 CAL Licenses

Volume Licensing customers with EBS Server Licenses enrolled in Software Assurance

Volume Licensing customers with EBS CAL Licenses enrolled in Software Assurance

Receive licenses for:

·         3 licenses of Windows Server 2008 Standard

·         2 license of Exchange Server 2007 Standard

·         System Center Essentials 2007 (with 10 Server ML and 50 Client ML)

 

Eligible to use their EBS CALs to access the standalone components in or outside the EBS domain.  The components include: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Exchange Server 2007 Standard and SQL Server 2008 Standard (for EBS Premium only).

 

In addition to what all Volume Licensing customers with EBS 2008 Servers receive, customers who enrolled their EBS Servers in Software Assurance also receive the following:

·         3 licenses of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard for EBS Standard users/ 4 licenses for EBS Premium users

·         2 licenses of Exchange Server 2010 Standard for EBS Standard users

·         1 license of SQL Server Standard 2008 R2 (for EBS Premium licenses only)

·         1 management server license for System Center Essentials 2010 (with 10 Server ML and 50 Client ML)

·         1 license of Forefront Threat Management Gateway Medium Business 2010

·         1 license of Forefront Protection for Exchange Server 2010

AND receive future versions of the server licenses granted above that are released during the term of their EBS Server license Software Assurance coverage.

In addition to what all Volume Licensing customers with EBS 2008 CALs receive, customers who enrolled their EBS CALs in Software Assurance also receive the following:

Future versions of the CALs to support the servers they are granted during the term of their EBS Server license Software Assurance coverage.

 

 

 

 

FAQ

What comes in the EBS Migration Kit?

 

The EBS Migration kit contains 1 x64 DVD of Windows Server 2008 Standard, 1 x32-bit DVD of Windows Server 2008 Standard, 1 DVD of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard, 1 DVD of Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007, a system requirement card, a supplemental license that grants you 3 licenses of Windows Server 2008 Standard,  2 licenses of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard, and the Management Licenses for  Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 which includes 10 Server Management licenses and 50 Client Management licenses.

I have EBS 2008 Premium and can’t find the SQL Server 2008 DVD in my kit?

The EBS Migration kit doesn’t contain the SQL media because EBS 2008 Premium edition customers already have the DVD and license right to run SQL on a separate server.

What EBS 2008 product key should I use to access the EBS 2008 Migration fulfillment site?

You need to use your EBS 2008 Management Server Physical product key.

 

Who should I contact if I have any questions on my order?

Each regional store has a Contact Us link that will provide customers an email address for support. 

I have multiple licenses of EBS 2008.  Can I order multiple EBS Migration kits?

You can order one kit per license of EBS.  You will need to enter in your EBS 2008 Management Server Physical product key per order.  You can’t order multiple kits per key.

What languages are the EBS Kits localized in?

We localized the EBS Migration kits in the same languages EBS released in.  Even though some of the standalone components are localized in more languages, we are only offing the languages EBS 2008 were released in.  We also only offer the languages that correspond to that region.

NA: English and French

EMEA: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian

LATAM: English, Spanish and Brazilian

APOC: English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Traditional and Chinese Simplified..

Can I use my EBS 2008 CAL suite for the standalone components? 

EBS customers will be able to use their EBS 2008 CALs to access their EBS 2008 Server as well as instances of the standalone components which were included in EBS 2008, like Windows Server 2008 Standard, Exchange Server 2007 Standard, and EBS Premium users will also be able to access instances of SQL Server 2008 Standard. 

What are you doing for EBS Volume Licensing customers who purchased Software Assurance? 

EBS customers who purchased Software Assurance will be able to take advantage of the same offer listed above and will also receive next versions of individual software products from the suite.  For EBS 2008 Standard customers, those products include: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Exchange Server 2010 Standard, System Center Essentials Standard 2010 and Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010.  EBS 2008 Premium customers who have purchased Software Assurance will also be entitled to SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition. 

 I just bought EBS 2008.  Should I stop deploying it or move to another set of products? 

There is no reason why you cannot or should not move forward and deploy it. Microsoft will continue to support EBS 2008 through the normal product lifecycle.  EBS 2008 is a suite that includes several individual products, each with different support lifecycles. So support will last through 2017 for some components and through 2018 for others. For more detailed information on the lifecycle for the EBS 2008 suite, customers can go to the Microsoft Support site.  If you acquired EBS 2008 with OEM hardware, contact the manufacturer of your server hardware that came with EBS 2008 for the OEM’s support policies.

Why are Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) and/or Forefront Security for Exchange (FSE) not included in the offer?

For licensing and fulfillment reasons it is necessary to provide the retail versions of all the standalone components from the suite. TMG and FSE are not available in the retail channel and therefore are not included in this offer. Interested customers can purchase them through Volume Licensing. More information can be found at the Microsoft Volume Licensing site

Will I be able to purchase more CALs for EBS 2008?

Yes, customers can continue to purchase EBS 2008 CALs from either the Microsoft Volume Licensing program or through Microsoft partners until June 30, 2013. 

Where can I obtain more information?

Please visit www.microsoft.com/ebs for additional information and www.microsoft.com/ebs/en/us/migration-kit-tc-agreement.aspx for the terms and conditions.

               

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