A Look at Aurora: The Next Microsoft Small Business Server

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 12, 2010

This InfoWorld report suggests that the idea behind Microsoft's next Small Business Server (codenamed Aurora) is that a small business with 5 to 25 PCs should have the same high-end solutions that larger businesses use but without all the complexity (and cost) typically associated with such an intricate IT infrastructure. This hands-on review of the actual code offers a first-look at what small businesses can expect with Aurora.

Aurora offers a small business the same high-end solutions that larger businesses use but without the complexity.

"Microsoft Small Business Server was as easy to install as Windows Server 2008 R2. It allowed me to install in a virtual machine, but it required me to have a 160GB disk. The installer automatically breaks your disk into volumes, then creates drive letters for users, client computer backups, company, and shadow copies.

"Once Aurora was installed, all the typical tools of a Windows Server were available, which I liked. For example, I could go into Active Directory Users and Computers to create my users and make all sorts of property modifications on those accounts. However, in wanting to understand how a small business would benefit from using Aurora, I had to avoid the big-boy Windows Server tools and go instead for the SBS Dashboard."

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