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Is Microsoft Windows SBS 2011 still supported?

Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 official Microsoft support ended on 14th January 2020. This was due to the Windows Server 2008 R2 also reaching End of Microsoft support life-cycle.

Microsoft SBS 2011 Standard had several server components which included:

ProductEnd of Support
Windows Server 2008 R214th January 2020
SQL Server 2008 R2 Express9th July 2019
Exchange Server 201013th October 2020
SharePoint Foundation 201013th October 2020
Windows Server Update 3.014th January 2020

Microsoft SBS 2011 Premium was a separate add-on product and provided the ability to install a second Windows Server 2008 R2

ProductEnd of Support
SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard for Small Business
Microsoft’s announcement
9th July 2019

Microsoft did extend Exchange Server 2010 support till 13th October 2020, however Microsoft highly recommend that companies still using it should upgrade to Exchange 2013/2016 or Microsoft Office 365.

What does end of support mean?

When the Microsoft product support life cycle ends, it means that the product will no longer receive any security updates, patches or new features and direct support (including paid) will no longer be provided by Microsoft.

This means that the product will continue to operate however if a security flaw is found, Microsoft will not provide a fix for it.

Microsoft recommend that users should move to the latest version of their product to continue receiving support and updates.

What product should you move to?

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 was the last Small Business Server version Microsoft produced, when they developed Windows Server 2012, this was available in three variants:

  • Essentials
  • Standard
  • Enterprise

The Essentials version was aimed at businesses with below 25 users and provided Active Directory, file & print services and could link to Microsoft Office 365 which provided hosted Exchange email.

Both Standard and Enterprise versions were aimed at businesses who had more than 25 users or wished to run Exchange or SQL server software on premise.

Windows Server 2012 has also been superseded by Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. However, you may not need a server on premise so we suggest reading our do you still need an onsite server page.

If you currently have Microsoft SBS 2011 and would like to review your options, please contact one of our consultants on 0333 332 6600