Microsoft Confirms Lite Version Of Windows Small Business Server 2003

My spin: I’ve used MS Small Business Server for many years now and it works pretty well. There are many competing products from Novel, Linux and appliance solutions such as Emerge Core’s IT In A Box product
CRN News Clip: Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to ship a “lite” version of Windows Small Business Server 2003 this fall.
The software giant plans to formally announce Tuesday a release candidate of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003, code-named Bobcat, as well as the availability of two versions, including a Standard edition that contains Windows 2003 and Exchange 2003 only.
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Bainbridge Island, WA author Harry Brelsford (Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices) reports Microsoft is on the verge on making major announcements regarding Small Business Server 2003. “It’s SBS show time in Redmond! Many of the rumors are true and the cat is now officially out of the bag. Small Business Server 2003 will ship this fall in two separate versions that better segment that SMB space. You’ll see the standard SBS version for the a customer group I liken to the WalMart crowd who are seeking a low cost comprehensive network infrastructure solution” commented Harry Brelsford, founder of the SMB Nation conference series (www.smbnation.com). “The white collar professional crowd will enjoy the premium edition with increased functionality such as SQL Server.”
“Still completely unknown is the role of ISA Server in SBS. Believe it or not, I’m cool with which ever direction they go because I’m including a hardware-based firewall with my SBS installs at this time as a security best practice. I’d prefer ISA be included in all SBS versions as it would allow me to implement a dual firewall scenario from competing vendors. For example, a WatchGuard hardware-based firewall out front with ISA Server on SBS server in back.” added Brelsford. “Another unknown is pricing, but I’d expect the standard edition to cost less than the premium edition.”
Note I have specific feature comments for your consumption as well (from my SBS newsletter that will ship tomorrow morning – my newsletter at www.nethealthmon.com/newsletter.htm):
Compare all Windows Server 2003 editions feature-by-feature here in order to fully understand the context of the discussion above.

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