Windows Small Business Server 2011

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Is it worth updating? Let’s have a look.

SBS 2011- is Windows Small Business Server operating system and is bundled with the following applications applications — principally Exchange2010 , SharePoint 2010 and Windows Server Update Services all tuned to work on single server.

The good thing is It has a simplified management console, making is easier to manage most of the maintenance tasks (over previous versions).

A negative is you always have to install from scratch, as there’s no option to upgrade an existing server to the new release, making the install more complicated, timely and costly. Also the minimum requirements, have risen, with Microsoft recommending a quad-core processor at least plus a recommended 16GB of RAM, as MS Exchange is a massive user of both processing and Memory / Ram resources. So realistically, we would recommend that 24GB of Memory is installed– but with the reasonable price of RAM (compared with previous years) – its not too expensive to achieve.

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SBS 2011 has several advantages over its predecessor. The updated Remote Web App – formerly Remote Web Workplace – is now a SharePoint application that gives access to shared folders as well as email, remote desktop, and the internal web site. The wizard for joining client computers to the SBS domain, called Connect Computer, now automatically migrates pre-existing profiles along with their data. It sounds a small detail, but this makes the process significantly smoother for users with existing PCs. It’s easy to setup outlook for remote users without need of the VPN connection.

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The main selling point for SBS 2011 is simple: it is the most cost-effective way to deploy the Microsoft platform to small organisations (the cost of MS Exchange on its own far exceeds the cost of this).

In that sense it is a great deal, but the downside is that you also get all the complexity of Enterprise products crammed onto a single box. Therefore there are limitations such as a 75 users limit and you can only backup the servers data, which with limited control over how the backups are taken, there is no bare-metal recovery or support for backup to tape or NAS storage, only disk.

Pros
• Based on Windows Server 2008 R2
• Exchange Server 2010 SP1 with Outlook Web App
• SharePoint 2010 Foundation
• Simplified management
• Remote Web Access with shared files

Cons
• Well-specified 64-bit hardware required
• No client backup or disaster recovery options
• No in-place upgrade from previous versions

Is it worth upgrading? We think it is, give us a call for details.

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