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SBS 2008

Small Business Server
Technology with Integrity


By Tim Torian, Torian Group, Inc.


Small business server is a Microsoft software product aimed at small businesses. This article is intended to help you determine if it is something you should check into for your company.


Small Business Server (SBS) 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, network faxing, and backup – in a single product. Small business Server 2008 will be out in early September. It will officially launch on Nov. 12.  It combines Server 2008, Exchange 2007, SharePoint (intranet web site), and management tools into one package. It integrates with Microsoft Office Live, and comes with OneCare (antivirus and backup).  Exchange 2007 has support for unified messaging - the ability to integrate voicemail with email using a compatible PBX or IP phone system.


This is a perfect solution for the small office- under 75 users. It provides you with a file and printer sharing, network fax, your own mail server, centralized security, a web site, and tools for managing your computers more easily.  Email, calendar and contacts work with your (windows mobile) cell phone. You can remotely access your office from any computer with an internet connection.
Even very small businesses can find this to be a compelling solution if they work largely from out of the office.


It comes in Standard (about $1100 retail) and Premium ($1900 Retail) editions. The premium edition adds SQL server, and an additional 2008 Server.  5 user licenses are included, additional licenses are about $75 each.  These products separately are much more expensive.

Until the end of October, you can purchase the older version (SBS 2003) with a license which grants you rights to the newer version when it comes out – it is called upgrade advantage. There are some compelling price breaks with the upgrade advantage purchase, including a $200 credit toward installation, and additional licensing for Outlook. It actually comes out cheaper than SBS 2008 by itself.


For the first time, it will require a 64 Bit processor. This means there is no direct upgrade path from previous versions of SBS. Instead, most companies with SBS 2003 will buy new server hardware, and will migrate their data from the old server to the new one.


For more information, go to
One Care for Server:
Upgrade Advantage / SBS rebate:



Tim Torian has taught computer networking at the College of Sequoias and Cal Poly Extension. He has a BS in Computer Science, and has been consulting on computer networking for the past 30 Years. His industry certifications include: Cisco CCNA and CCNI, Microsoft MCSE. He was recognized as Entrepreneur of the year for 2008 by the Tulare County EDC. He is president of Torian Group, Inc. which provides a full range of Technology Consulting services to local business, including computer services, networking, web and custom software development.


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