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Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials released

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 uses and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.

Drive Extender for Windows Server to return via add-in

Back in November of last year (2010), Microsoft was talking about killing a very promising and well receipted feature for Windows Home Server called Drive Extender. Just recently, in the very first release candidate of Windows Home Server codename "Vail", Microsoft canceled this feature. Well, fear not, looks like we may get to taste Drive Extender after all.

There's another new Windows Server in the Microsoft pipeline

It's been a while since we've heard anything from Microsoft about its home and small-business servers in the pipeline. But it sounds like they’re getting closer to shipping.

Most of the soon-to-be-released servers have Colorado-themed codenames. There's Vail (the next version of Windows Home Server); Aurora (the hybrid cloud/on-premises small-business server); and Colorado (the SDK/toolkit for these servers). There's also SBS 7, the next version of Microsoft's on-premises Small Business Server product.

It turns out, there's one more member of the Colorado family that’s in the pipeline: Breckenridge...