I am VERY happy to bring you this latest official update on the availability of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Standard and Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials for Microsoft partners. This post provides the latest information on how and where Microsoft partners with a silver competency, gold competency, or Action Pack subscription can download bits and keys to install and use Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Standard or Essentials.

As of today, April 14, 2011, Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Standard and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials software bits and keys are available for download through the Microsoft partner digital distribution portal for partners with a silver competency, gold competency, or an Action Pack subscription. Microsoft partners with a silver competency, gold competency, Action Pack Solution Provider subscription, or Action Pack Design and Development subscription are licensed to use these products for internal use rights as defined in your License Summary.

Note:  SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials are not currently available in Chinese Simplified.  We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Thank you to all of our partners for their patience as we worked to resolve all of the regional certification compliance processes needed in order to bring you the bits and keys online. We truly appreciate your partnership, understanding and utilization of the workaround methods we provided for you in the interim.

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