A SMB Guide to Windows Small Business Server

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 24, 2010

For less than $1,000, you can get a server with Windows Small Business Server 2008 pre-installed, and it will handle the most important small business tasks, including email and file sharing. As noted in this Fox Business report, before you turn the server on and start the configuration process, you'll want to decide which features you and your employees will want to use.

For many small businesses, experts say that email and file sharing are the top priorities.

"If your business strategy for sharing documents is to send them as email attachments or burn them to CDs, you may be pleased to hear that setting up your own small network has become remarkably easy. By connecting your employees' computers to a network, you get numerous benefits such as enabling them to share even very large files quickly and easily.

"Earlier generations of networking software required extensive technical knowledge to deploy and maintain. As a result, private networks were practical only for larger businesses that had full-time IT employees.

"However, the most recent version of Microsoft server software aimed at small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2008, allows small businesses that cannot afford IT staff to set up and run a basic network."

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