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Microsoft Small Business Server 2008

Over the last couple of years we have installed a number of new file servers for customers with the most popular build being based around Microsoft’s Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 operating system.  But why do we choose to use SBS so often and what makes it such a good choice for the SME market?

SBS 2008 is based on Microsoft’s Windows 2008 server architecture and comes in both Standard and Premium flavours (with Premium offering extra software packages as part of the bundle).  The Standard edition ships with Microsoft Exchange 2007 which has already proven to be very reliable and much easier to scale for today’s typically larger mailboxes that users tend to have.  We have also found it very easy to integrate with modern smartphones which has increasinly become the norm for most of our user’s requirements.

SBS 2008 Premium contains the same base packages as Standard but also comes with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 which can be installed on a secondary server using the same licence should you want to offload the resources onto a second machine rather than burden your main Acvite Directory and Email server.

But why don’t we install SBS everywhere?!  Well, there are a number of limitations in the use of SBS, the first being a hard cap of 75 users.  To many in the SME market this doesn’t pose a problem but it is a consideration for an expanding business.  The second limitation is a bit more technical and is all to do with Microsoft’s use of Active Directory to store all the information about users, security and network configuration for your company.  In full blown Windows Server products it’s possible to have multiple servers handling this information and if you have multiple companies you can even set up trust relationships between them.  In SBS this is not available, however, once again in the SME market this is rarely an issue.

But that’s the past… Microsoft is about to launch Small Business Server 2011!

In the next couple of weeks I will post a follow-up article with a full run down of what SBS 2011 has to offer.  Hopefully it will continue to offer a fantastic balance of applications for the SME market with some very exciting improvements in backup and cloud integration whist retaining the reliability 2008 has proven over the past couple of years.

More to come soon…!

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