Small Business Server 2003 R2 and 2008

Running different significant operations that too at a low budget is a must for small and medium enterprises, isn’t it? But how? This is where Microsoft Small Business Server plays a significant role providing SMEs all the necessary benefits and technologies that only large companies could afford to have otherwise. Windows Small Business Server is mainly designed for running network infrastructure of SMEs, this include both intranet and internet access. The focus of Small Business Server is that it can combine many of Microsoft’s premier technologies in an installation that can run on a single server—combining messaging, directory services, and security tools into a single, affordable solution for small businesses.

With the upgradation of Small Business Server to new versions, lot have been added and changed every time. It all started with BackOffice Small Business Server 4.0, which was then got upgraded to BackOffice Small Business Server 4.5 then to Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 then to Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 which then got upgraded to Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 R2 and finally to Microsoft Small Business Server 2008. These are some of the differences which could be thought of now, but there are lot more to it! Don’t forget to browse through and enjoy the benefits of Small Business Server hosting.

Small Business Server 2003 R2 is the updated version of SBS 2003, with its main focus on security. SBS 2003 R2 includes Update Services, which centralizes management of updates and patches. Elsewhere, the mailbox store limit for Exchange Server 2003 has increased to 75GB and the Premium version includes SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition. The upper limit of 75 users or devices still holds, but CALs have been improved to provide better access to additional Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server systems without the need to buy more licences. On the other hand, SBS 2008 includes the latest versions of component technologies including Windows Server 2008 SP2, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (in the Premium edition), and Windows SharePoint. Services 3.0. SBS 2003 R2 includes x86 (32-bit) technology and SBS 2008 include x64 (64-bit) technology. In SBS 2003 R2, set up asks technical questions and allows you to place data stores in the UI but in Small Business Server 2008, setup doesn’t ask technical questions, if you want some, look at the answer file to enter the migration path, or make modifications to setup, making it more predictable, easier and faster. In Small Business Server 2003 R2, Windows Firewall is disabled, which is otherwise in SBS 2008. In SBS 2003 R2, DHCP can be deployed on Router or SBS server, in SBS 2008, DHCP strongly recommended on SBS server which can be disabled using advanced console only.

Also in SBS 2003 R2, there is a feature called “To Do” list, in SBS 2008, you will find “Getting Started” List. The User Templates in SBS 2003 R2 is renamed to User Roles in SBS 2008. In the earlier version, backup was NTBackup based, support for USB disk drive and Tape, in the new version, backup is based on new VSS technology, and is much quicker, but no longer supports tape. Earlier version only provided Email Reports Daily and Instant alerts from a defined list but SBS 2008 provides an extensible list of alerts and daily reports. No anti-virus is included in SBS 2003 but the new version includes 120 day trial versions of OneCare for the Server, and Forefront Security for Exchange.