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March 5, 2010

EBS Has Left The Building

Even in a sequined jumpsuit, a skeleton is still dead.

Instead of my typically convoluted Funcave windup involving some theoretical physics, Bluetooth and comic book lore a la “The Big Bang Theory,” I’ll just come right out and say what’s up this time:

Essential Business Server = DEAD

That’s officially official as of right now, which should be 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard time on March 5th, 2010. So what does that really mean?

In the immediate term, it means there will be no v2 of Essential Business Server. Not ever. Which is a damned shame, because v2 was looking completely and totally badass.

After MVP Summit earlier this month, a couple of my fellow EBS MVPs and I could barely contain our excitement about how v2 was really taking the already solid foundation of EBS 2008 and strapping a rocket booster onto it.

Alas and alack, this v2 rocket will never see the light of day now.

No matter how badass yoru rocket is, if it never leaves the launchpad, it's nothin' but scrap.

In the long-term, it also means that Essential Business Server will no longer be available, as of the official “drop dead” date of June 30th, 2010.

Despite the complete suckiness of this news (which will prolly show up in a couple more posts here at the FC), Microsoft stepped up to the plate in a big big way and committed to taking care of its current Essential Business Server 2008 customers. The full details are available over at a couple of the official MS sites, but the two main highlights are:

  • Essential Business Server 2008 will maintain the standard support lifecycle of other Microsoft business product releases.
  • From June 30, 2010 until December 31, 2010, existing EBS 2008 customers will be able to request free “conversion licenses” (my term here, folks…not official MS terminology), which allows those customers to move to standalone versions of the different components that comprise EBS 2008:
    • Three (3) copies of Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
    • Forefront Threat Management Gateway
    • Exchange Server 2007 Standard
    • System Center Essentials 2007
    • CALs all around

You can do the math yourself, but this basically means that EBS 2008 won’t exit mainstream support until 2013. So if you want to keep using EBS 2008, you definitely can.

If you decide to migrate to the standalone versions of the components, then you’ll lose two things:

  • Remote Web Workplace
  • Administration Console

I put them in that order because I think people will complain the loudest about losing RWW, but for me, the loss of Administration Console is a much worse blow.

You know, besides EBS getting canned entirely, that is.

|| posted by chris under beta, business, clueless, hardware, it pro, kma, mid-market it, migration, nostalgia, opinion, rant, rx, shoutout, thumbs down, thumbs up, time, travel, virtualization, webcast || comments (2) || ||


  1. Remote Web Workplace needs its own installer………

    With this news (Essentials Business Server v2 will never see the light of day):…

    trackback by Nick Whittome - The Naked MVP — March 5, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  2. EBS Discontinued…….

    It seems to me that Microsoft wants to make more money on the licenses (by making you go to the standalone products) and discontinued a very successful bundle… that’s sad……..

    trackback by Costas Tsaklas' Blog — March 5, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

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