Microsoft Small Business Server – It Just Gets Better

I remember installing my first copy of Microsoft Small Business Server (many years ago). What was so neat about SBS was that it included so many server tools – beyond file sharing – for one low price. It really helps improve the overall efficiency of a small office. With Small Business Server 2003 R2 announced and available for purchase in August, Microsoft has made a great product even better.
Microsoft press release reads:
Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 is an advanced solution for productivity and security designed specifically to meet the needs of small-business owners, many of which do not currently have a server. It includes new features such as the “Green Check” of software health that helps customers protect their vital business data; keep networks, PCs and servers up to date; and stay connected virtually from anywhere, anytime — all leading to increased efficiency, cost savings and peace of mind.
Available for purchase starting in August, Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition will be available for an estimated retail price (ERP) of $599 and Premium Edition will be available for $1,299 ERP, over a 13 percent price reduction as compared with Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition. Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will also be available pre-installed later this summer through original equipment manufacturers, including Dell Inc., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway Inc., HP and IBM, and will be available in 18 languages.
Built specifically to meet the needs of small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 provides customers not only with enhanced security through the “Green Check” of software health and automated patch and update services for all Microsoft Update supported products in the network, but also improved flexibility with increased mailbox limits (from 16 to 75 GB) to allow for greater e-mail storage. With Exchange Server 2003 SP2 technology, SBS 2003 R2 customers can also take advantage of new mobility benefits after integration with Windows Mobile(R)-based devices, such as direct push technology, which enables near real-time access to information in Microsoft Office Outlook(R), in addition to password policy management and remote device wipe to enhance protection of data. To help customers reduce costs and provide more room for growth, Microsoft is expanding Client Access License (CAL) rights, entitling SBS 2003 R2 (Standard or Premium) customers to access additional Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2005 Workgroup Edition servers in the SBS 2003 R2 network with the SBS CAL.
More information on Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sbs

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