Windows 8.1 Client Support on SBS 2011 Essentials

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  • Does anyone know if Windows 8.1 Client PC's are supported or will be (with a forthcoming Update Roll-up) on a SBS 2011 Essentials network?

    By asking that i mean full support by using the Server Dashboard to manage it and setting up Backup and redirection policies.... 


    Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:02 AM

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  • Hi,

    As I know, Windows 8.1 client is supported on SBS 2011 Essentials network.

    For more details, please refer to the following article.

    Supported operating systems for client computers

    Hope this helps.

    Best regards,

    Justin Gu
    Friday, November 08, 2013 5:45 AM
  • On the link you post there is NO indication that Win8.1 Pro Clients are supported. Where did you especially saw that?

    I am looking for "solid evidence" of Win8.1 Pro supported under Dashboard management of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials before making any commitment to this.

    Thanks in advance anyone who has that information.... 

    Saturday, November 09, 2013 10:10 PM
  • Hi,

    Sorry for my mistakes.

    As I know, it seems there is no Microsoft articles that indicate Win8.1 Pro supported under Dashboard management of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. You can contact Microsoft Customer Service, I believe that you will get an accurate response there.


    Microsoft Customer Service


    Hope this helps.

    Best regards,

    Justin Gu
    Monday, November 11, 2013 3:03 PM
  • Windows 8.1 pro does not connect to the SBS2011 as a domain controller or Workgroup

    you are forced to use the home group connector

    Which you need to change from read only access (default) to read and write

    or each shared area used by Windows 8.1 devices, this takes about a week

    Windows 8.1 can still connect to SBS2011 as a Domain server or Workgroup

    Windows 8 is aimed at comsumers and tablet mode GUI

    Thursday, November 28, 2013 6:57 PM
  • I'm not following your comments?  8.1 pro can domain join to a SBS/or Essentials domain?

    Unfortunately TechNet isn't coming back, sorry folks :-(

    Monday, December 02, 2013 9:05 AM