Are you debating if you should buy SBS 2003 R2 Standard now or wait until SBS 2008 comes out? Wondering if there is any reason to make the decision sooner rather than later? If so, then how does getting your SBS 2003 R2 Standard Server for as little as $48.60 sound? If you make the choice to do so by this Friday, you can. Here is how:

The annual estimated retail price (ERP) of SBS Server 2003 R2 Standard through the Open Value Subscription Program is $229. If you look at the rebate schedule for SBS Standard Server through the Big Easy Offer, you will see that the rebate for SBS 2003 R2 Standard through Open Value Subscription is $157.50. In addition, the Open Value VAR Rebate on SBS Server Standard is 10%, which some Partners use to offset the pricing offered to clients. So, if do the math with these numbers:

To make it easier for those of you who want to take advantage of this, the annual part number for SBS Server Standard through Open Value Subscription is: T72-01301.

By taking advantage of this offer, not only will you be getting your SBS 2003 R2 Standard server for just $48.60 in year 1, in addition, because Open Value Subscription includes full Software Assurance benefits, this means you have full upgrade protection. So, when SBS 2008 is released, your SBS 2003 R2 Standard Server in Open Value Subscription will automatically get upgrade rights to SBS 2008 Standard, all included for that $48.60 payment in year 1! In addition, by placing your order by Friday, you’ll also qualify for the Open Value Subscription $100 Sales Spiff.

Looking to get SBS Premium instead of Standard? Ok, how about SBS Premium for $101.40? I have the details on how to get this price included in the linked Blog post. Oh, and don’t forget about your SBS CALs. You can get those for as little as $0.75 each if you purchase them before Friday through Open Value Subscription. Just follow the link to find out how in my Blog post about it.

Now I know that human nature is taking over and you are thinking, “Ok, I can wait until Friday to place my order and still get this.” My suggestion to you is this, if you know what it is you are ordering, try and get it in by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest. Why? Let’s call it the “just in case” factor. Like “just in case” you accidentally order the wrong part #. Or “just in case” there is another problem with your order that needs to be corrected. By placing your order on Wednesday or Thursday, if there is something that needs to be corrected, that gives you one or two days to identify it and correct it while still getting your order in by Friday. If you wait to place your order until Friday and sometime during processing an error is discovered, by the time you find out and correct it, it will be Monday, which means your order will go in the system AFTER the rebates and promotions expire and you won’t get them. So just my $.02, don’t wait until the last minute, “just in case.”

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

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