Microsoft Small Business Server Standard 2008 Features
Microsoft Small Business Server Standard 2008 provides all the basic features a small business needs to work effectively: remote use, data backup, security, and collaborative and communication features. In addition, the server improves navigation for both users and administrators.
Remote access—Perhaps the chief need most small businesses have for a server is the ability to work remotely. Microsoft Small Business Server Standard 2008 provides excellent remote use features that make it possible to communicate and collaborate equally well in the same room or on the other side of the world.
Back up your PC and your server—The risk of data loss is too severe for businesses to take it lightly. Lost data on a computer, or worse, on a server could cost clients, profits, or even the business itself in particularly bad cases. To prevent this, Windows Small Business Server Standard 2008 allows for easy and regular backing up of PCs that are connected to the server, as well as the server itself. That way, even in the event of hacking, malware, or technical failure, data can quickly and easily be restored without any drastic loss.
Major new security features—If you’re going to store your data on a server, you need to know that data is safe. Microsoft Small Business Server Standard 2008 helps keep that data secure with several powerful security programs. First, there’s ForeFront Security, which protects your Exchange email from communication-related risks, which is the most common way for hazards to enter the system. Then, there’s also Windows Live OneCare, which protects the rest of the server. Together, they keep your whole system safe.
Share and collaborate features with SharePoint—Collaboration is the lifeblood of modern business, and your server needs to be capable of enhancing those collaboration abilities. SharePoint makes it possible to easily share documents, while it also provides numerous communication options to keep everyone up-to-date on projects and new data. With SharePoint, you get wikis, surveys, as well as the ability to sync calendars.
Business level communication with Exchange—What is collaboration without improved communication? Exchange fills in all those communication needs, and it partners perfectly with SharePoint to provide an optimal digital working environment. Exchange handles all your scheduling and calendar needs, your contacts, as well as your email communications. With Outlook Web Access also included, you can keep up with your email from any device.
Create internal websites for improved user navigation—Older editions of the Small Business Server could be hard to navigate for users, but the 2008 edition fixes that by making it easy to direct users through internal websites. This makes sure there are no complex menus to worry about. The server automatically sets up an internal website that can direct users where they need to go.
Advanced navigation tools for administrators—Like users, administrators often struggled in earlier editions to find their way to their tasks. To accomplish all their duties, a fairly high threshold of technical knowledge was required. That burden is much eased by the inclusion of new wizards that walk administrators through most of the crucial operations on the server, from adding new users to developing that internal website. Tabs have been added for administrators to move between the most important of server topics, from users to backups to add-ons. All it takes now is a click of the mouse.
Integrates easily with Windows 7—For those who still use Windows 7 on their PCs, Windows Small Business Server Standard 2008 integrates perfectly so that features match up ideally.