Small Business Server 2011

The new version of Small Business Server is here. It contains an interesting new feature, some new options and for those of you that purchased SBS via subscription there’s an extra benefit coming your way when you upgrade.

New Versions:

Exchange 2010, OWA 2010, Windows 2008 R2, and Sharepoint 2010 Foundation

New Features:

  • Remote Web Access – this replaces Remote Web Workplace and provides the additional SCARY option of providing remote access to files and folder directly from the site.
  • Sharepoint – Redesigned site, workflows (documents can pass from person to person automatically for approval or editing), blogs, additional security and content controls.
  • Outlook Web Access – It’s almost indistinguishable from full Outlook. Many additional features added to make it more like Outlook.
  • Administrator tools – much has changed behind the scenes for your administrator

Exciting New Option:

Exchange 2010 Enterprise Cals – these can be added to unlock more Exchange features including archiving, legal hold and search across mailboxes capability.

Extra Benefit for subscribers:

Subscribers to SBS Premium will receive what Microsoft calls
“make-good” whereas before SBS Premium was a single server, in 2011 it is two servers. Because of this change Microsoft is providing a free copy of the second server operating system. Software Assurance continues to prove to be a good value.

Over all we’re very impressed with Small Business 2011. It is addressing the needs of a more mobile work place beautifully and continues to provide features and functions that no other server package in the market does.

Quick Notes:

Many of our clients are moving data over to Sharepoint, a feature of small business server. If you haven’t considered doing this yet, please ask your technician about sharepoint. They can show you our sharepoint site and discuss how other clients of ours are using it. Many are finding it a great solution to make data easy to find, easy to track and available through a wide variety of devices.

Amy has been appointed to the Small Business Specialist Community Advisory Board at Microsoft. She will represent the Heartland region of Microsoft partners. The Heartland region includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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