Small Business Server 2011

Small Business Server 2011

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 is an all-in-one server solution designed to help you keep your data more secure and your company more productive. It provides many of the features used by larger companies, such as e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, support for mobile devices, file and printer sharing at a highly competitive price.

There are two editions: Standard and Premium. Both feature Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Exchange Server 2007 and are suitable for organisations with up to 75 users and who operate from a single site. It provides a cost effective way for small businesses to gain the benefits of the Microsoft Server platform without the significant expenditure a full blown Windows, Exchange and SQL Server licence would entail.

aFinite typically partner Small Business Server installations with complementary services and products such as Anti-Virus, Anti-SpamBackup & Recovery solutions as well as firewall, VPN and router appliances to provide a complete package.

Haven't they phased SBS 2011 out?

You may, or may not be aware, but Microsoft have phased out the Small Business Server product line. The key ingredients of Small Business Server have now been separated - specifically, Microsoft have removed Exchange Server from the Windows Server 2012 replacement for the Small Business Server product line which is known as Windows Server 2012 Essentials. This has a lower user limit of 25 users, but no need to purchase CALs along the way.

The plan here is that Microsoft expects users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials to partner this with an Office 365 subscription to provide the Exchange functionality. While this may seem to be a negative point, the rise of spam has meant that every on-premise Exchange installation has to be parterned with either a server based or hosted filtering system at an additional cost. given that for a relativley low number of users, filtering can cost up to £4 per user per month, it just doesn't make sense to endorse this when Office 365 offers Exchange Online Level 1 mailboxes with virus and spam protection and resilient hosting for just £2.60 + VAT

Already have Small Business Server?

If you already have Small Business Server, are you taking full advantage of its features? The most visible part of SBS from an end user perspective is Exchange Server. Exchange is much more than just an email tool. Together with Outlook, it provides a very powerful tool to share access to mailboxes, Distribution lists, calendars and contacts across your business. aFinite can help you get more from your existing investment.

For more information about Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, please visit Microsoft's Small Business Server Home Page, or better still, give us a call on 0113 887 3999 and we'll do all the hard work for you.


Contact aFinite about Small Business Server 2011. We have experience deploying SBS 2003, 2008 and now 2011 and know how to get the most from it. If you're looking for help with the new Windows Server 2012 Essentials product, again, we can help.

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