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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Small Business Server from Microsoft is "going off the air." With Dell's announcement of unavailability access to the last remaining copies will prove ever more scarce. If you are a managed service provider that specializes in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) I recommend you shake down your suppliers and build up …
Trevor Pott, 11 Jul 2013
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014

Microsoft lobs licensing liposuction at Server 2012

Microsoft has unveiled licensing terms for its upcoming Windows Server 2012, slimming down to four versions and ending the Home and Small Business Server options. "Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience," says Redmond. "Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2012
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Microsoft taps up hardware pals with small biz server release

Microsoft kicked its Windows Small Business Server 2011 out the door yesterday. The company released to manufacturing the Standard and Premium Add-on versions of the software. MS volume licence customers will get their hands on the products early next month, and Redmond said a trial copy will be available for download in mid- …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010

Microsoft offers beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Microsoft made the beta release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials available for download Wednesday, but some customers are already miffed about the changes the new product brings. As Microsoft's David Fabritius wrote in a July 5 blog post, Windows Server 2012 Essentials is now a full-fledged member of the Windows Server product …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2012
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Microsoft details small biz server release dates and prices

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that its Aurora software will, as expected, be named Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011. The company will release three products via its server licensing house. Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which carried the Aurora codename, is aimed at small businesses with up to 25 users and has been …
Team Register, 03 Nov 2010
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Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 - what's in it for you?

“We’re all in for the cloud” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year; but the company’s new Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 is only half-in at best, even though smaller organisations are among the most obvious candidates for online services because they generally lack specialist IT staff. The strategy behind SBS 2011 …
Tim Anderson, 22 Dec 2010

Bigger, fiddly to manage: The second coming of Windows Server 2012

New Windows client, new Windows server seems to be the pattern; and October 18, 2013 saw the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Windows 8.1. The R2 release is a paid-for upgrade, but uses the same CALs (Client Access Licenses) as Server 2012, mitigating the cost of transition. Microsoft calls Server 2012 a Cloud OS, by …
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2013
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Lenovo ships first US-designed server

Sino-American server maker Lenovo Group established its Enterprise Product Group last week to design servers for itself and for OEM partners like EMC, and now the first product designed by EPG – the ThinkServer TD330. No, it is not a funky box aimed at hyperscale data centers, but a low-cost Xeon E5 tower server aimed at SMBs. …
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Aurora - a Microsoft cloud server for the small guy?

Microsoft has announced details of the next version of Small Business Server (SBS) - actually, make that two versions. SBS 7.0 is an update of what we have seen before, a bundle of core applications including Exchange 2010, SharePoint, and System Update Services, tuned to run on a single Server 2008 R2 box. SBS codename Aurora …
Tim Anderson, 12 Jul 2010
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Microsoft woos small biz world with new server bundles

Microsoft has launched two server products aimed at small biz and mid-sized companies. Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) is designed for firms with up to 75 users or PCs. Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) is intended for businesses with up to 300 users or PCs. Both are generally available. Microsoft, like …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2008

What's new in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 – "Cloud OS" as Microsoft sometimes refers to it, and "WS2012" as we'll call it for short – is the result of the deepest and broadest developer effort in the history of Microsoft server products: 10,000 engineers working for four years. Comments from testers and early adopters have included "jaw-dropping", " …
Liam Proven, 02 Nov 2012

Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012, based on the same core code as Windows 8. Yes, it has the same Start screen in place of the Start menu, but that is of little importance, particularly since Microsoft is pushing the idea of installing the Server Core edition – which has no Graphical User Interface. If you do install a …
Tim Anderson, 05 Sep 2012

Acer racks up Xeon E5s, picks fight with US server bad boys

It has been a while since Taiwanese server and PC maker Acer has made some noise in the server racket, but the company is plodding along after planting its seeds on United States soil in February 2011 with a revamping of its Xeon-based servers. Acer targeted Europe first – back in March 2010 – as the flag bearer for Advanced …
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HP uses Home Server to power storage for small biz

HP has introduced a line of combined isCSI and file storage server/storage array bundles, and a small business backup product using Microsoft consumer backup software. The HP StorageWorks X3000 Network Storage System is a line of pre-configured, factory-tested, single-SKU (stock-keeping unit) product sets for small and mid-sized …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2009
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Microsoft goes double bubble with server beta releases

Microsoft slung out a brace of server betas yesterday for its home and cloud biz customers. A preview of the company’s small business server, codenamed Aurora, was made available for testers to download on Monday. Redmond described the cloud-based Aurora as “a significant departure” from its “traditional on premises version” of …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2010
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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

The recent Synology Synolocker issue should serve as a splash of cold water to any vendors in the tech industry that design and sell systems that are largely unattended or unmanaged. As described in The Reg yesterday, Synology NAS boxes are being hit by a Cryptolocker-like piece of malware dubbed Synolocker. Like Cryptolocker, …
Trevor Pott, 05 Aug 2014
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Enta runs MS Small Business Server promo

Enta has launched a three-month campaign to teach dealers how to work-up sales opportunities with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS) and Intel. The Telford-based IT distie, says the idea is to build confidence in both Enta and Windows SBS. It is running a series of adverts, electronic marketing and a limited …
Team Register, 17 Mar 2005
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Microsoft unplugs middling Windows server

Microsoft will halt development of its mid-market oriented Windows Essential Business Server software bundle, as the company bets on "cloud computing" rather than lump licensing to woo penny-pinching IT markets. The EBS package, which combines Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007 and server management tools, will be discontinued …
Austin Modine, 05 Mar 2010
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Help! My Exchange server just rebooted

I’ve seen a spate of issues from companies running their own MS Exchange servers. A few patterns emerged. In all cases, servers running Exchange (usually as part of Small Business Server) either lost power or rebooted unexpectedly. This will not always cause problems. But if Exchange is busy writing things to the data store, it …
Trevor Pott, 18 Jun 2011
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Small Business Server 2000 beta global launch

Microsoft has released the beta version of Small Business Server 2000 to its resellers worldwide. The latest version of this BackOffice software is aimed at small to medium businesses with a maximum of 50 PCs. It is based on the Windows 2000 OS - which upgrades the NT Server 4.0 operating system used in the existing Small …
Linda Harrison, 27 Jul 2000
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RIM unveils free BlackBerry server

Research in Motion is offering a tasty incentive for small and medium businesses to standardize on BlackBerries with the introduction of new - and free - server software. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express will slot in between personal plans provided by telcos and the company's industrial-strength BlackBerry Enterprise Server …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010
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Windows Small Business Server 2003 released to manufacturing

Microsoft begins distributing final code for the its Windows Small Business Server 2003 to manufacturing this week. Targeting what it describes as the "underserved" SME market, the software giant said the server OS is designed for small corporate environments where there is little or no dedicated in-house IT expertise. …
Robert Jaques, 18 Sep 2003

Microsoft Intune hears the call for device management

As Microsoft continues its corporate redefinition as a subscription-driven cloud slinger we should bear in mind that this path includes more than simply Office 365 or Azure. Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is slated to become an important new buzzword as it wraps up Windows Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium ( …
Trevor Pott, 26 Jun 2014
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Time-out code ambushes MS Small Business Server 2003 install?

So there I was, happily installing this spanking new shinkwrap of Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 onto a spare computer. The code only came out a couple of weeks ago, so it is hot off the production line. SBS takes a while to install, but it is a huge product. Somewhere near the end of the install, however, the setup …
Jon Honeyball, 05 Dec 2003

Windows Server 2008 bundles get first 'public' airing

Microsoft today announced that it will launch a “public preview” program for two of its first Windows Server 2008-based bundles. The software giant is targeting one package at the small business market, where Microsoft has been heavily foraging, while the other will be aimed at mid-sized firms. Windows Small Business Server …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2008
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Distie: Build the cloud and resellers will come... so WHERE ARE THEY?

Disties have built cloudy aggregation platforms for channel types under the assumption they would come… but they are still waiting for mass adoption. It would seem that reseller solutions provider reseller demand for brokerage services, such as the one that Arrow ECS launched 18 months ago has been a little underwhelming. Some …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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Microsoft prepares to sell SQL Server 2008

Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 appears ready to go after months of delay, as the company is taking steps to begin selling the database. The company said today that it's putting SQL Server 2008 on its August price list, for customers and partners to begin purchases. Release to manufacturing has been promised sometime during the …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jul 2008
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Microsoft splits Server 2008 for SMB

Redmond yesterday revealed plans for the next version of its Windows server operating system, with different flavours for small biz and mid-sized organisations. Small Business Server 2008 (SBS), formally code-named "Cougar", will be available in Standard and Premium editions and will cater for companies of 50 or fewer staff. …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2008
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Dell aims for small biz sweetspot with server refresh

Dell UK has launched a small business server designed to give smaller businesses an economical alternative to desktop PCs for applications like file and print sharing. The PowerEdge 600SC, with fast DDR memory and integrated gigabit Ethernet, offers double the performance of its predecessor, the PowerEdge 500SC, according to …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2002

Report: Cloud could slash biz software energy use by 87%

If every US company would shift its core business-software applications from in-house equipment to the cloud, the amount of energy used by that software could be reduced by as much as 87 per cent, a new study claims. The study, which was published on Tuesday, was conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – a government …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2013
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MS punts stripped down Windows Server 2008 at tiny SMBs

Microsoft has today released a new server product from its Windows 2008 family, aimed at small, cash-strapped businesses that have so far shunned the software giant's current Small Business Server (SBS) offering. Windows 2008 Foundation is essentially a stripped down version of the standard edition of Windows Server '08. …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2009
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Microsoft confirms IIS bug gives complete server control

Microsoft has confirmed a vulnerability in its Internet Information Services webserver and spelled out the conditions under which it can be exploited to give an attacker complete control of the server on which it runs. The good news: As previously reported, remote execution of malicious code can be triggered only in limited …
Dan Goodin, 02 Sep 2009
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RIM re-targets SMEs with free server software

Research in Motion (RIM) is offering a free copy of its BlackBerry server software in the hope of persuading more small businesses to buy into its push email service, long perceived as a big-business offering. The SME version is - functionally, at least - identical to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server standard offering, version …
Tony Smith, 03 May 2006
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Lenovo punts Nehalem server quartet

If Chinese PC vendor Lenovo wants to be a contender in the global server racket, it is going to have to pick up the pace a little bit. Which it's doing. A little. Intel launched their Nehalem EP Xeon 5500 processors back in March, and all of the key tier-one server makers had at least some gear using the new chips ready to roll …
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How to roll back and replicate a Windows server

Best known for its data replication technology, Double-Take Software has jumped into the snapshot business by adding the ability to replicate system state as well. It said that its Server Recovery Option allows it to recover an entire Windows server either to a real-time image or to a snapshot of its state at any time in the …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jan 2007
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It MUST be the END of the WORLD... El Reg man thanks commentards

As the year draws to a close, I'd like to take the time out to thank companies and individuals that have made my life as a writer, a systems administrator, and business owner easier in 2012. Readers of The Register - myself among them - are notorious for their endless cynicism and love of a right good digital kicking, but some …
Trevor Pott, 21 Dec 2012
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So you want an office of Apple Macs - here's a survival guide

Apple Macs are ready for the enterprise. Unsurprisingly, they can already be found in organisations of all sizes. The five sigma announcement by CERN of the Higgs boson bordered on an Apple advertisement. IBM has more than 10,000 Macbooks deployed. My own SME clients have heterogeneous networks, some are even Mac only. With so …
Trevor Pott, 05 Nov 2012
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Server bug cripples Dublin law firms

Solicitors across Dublin fell victim to an accidental mass mailing that crippled their systems this week, clogging inboxes and causing widespread disruption. The problem was attributed to an improper server configuration, causing five servers to send out more than half a million emails to Dublin solicitors. The deluge of mail …

Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

In a previous piece on Office 365, I discussed how difficult it was to enable public folders. The reality is that Office 365 doesn't support public folders in the traditional sense. Instead, to achieve a similar functionality to the most common use for public folders – a storage point for group emails – Microsoft have offered " …
Trevor Pott, 13 Jul 2012

Office 365: This cloud isn't going to put any admins out of a job

Moving all of your email onto Office 365 is pretty easy; making it work properly once it's there is another story. As a salable product, I find Office 365 extremely curious; it's workable enough if you have a decade or two's experience beating Exchange into submission ... but a little too complex for anyone else. The cloud is …
Trevor Pott, 15 Jun 2012

Dell feeds Xeon E5s to hungry new PowerEdge beasts

Dell has added nine new Xeon E5-powered boxes to its PowerEdge 12G lineup as it chases the booming market for quad-socket machines in Asia. These latest workhorses use Intel's new Xeon E5-2400 processors for two-socket servers and the E5-4600 for four-socket servers, and will add to the five rack, tower, and blade servers and …

Small.biz goes a bundle on SBS 2003?

It’s been nearly a year since Microsoft launched a Small Business Server - a strategic move into a market that everyone wants a piece of. For those who missed the announcement, SBS 2003 is a normal Microsoft server with a load of extra stuff bundled in – Exchange and SharePoint Services, and for anyone who still uses such …
Ben King, 25 Oct 2004
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IBM pumps out two Xeon rackers

It may seem odd that IBM would update two x86 servers when Intel is prepping its "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors for launch in early 2012, but the cut-throat competition in the server racket waits for no chip launch. And thus, IBM is revving up two "value priced" Xeon-based servers to compete against Hewlett-Packard, Dell, …
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Making sense of SharePoint 2010

Adoption of Microsoft SharePoint is growing rapidly, with Microsoft reporting “double-digit growth” in its latest financials, yet it remains widely misunderstood. What can you do with SharePoint, what is the difference between the free SharePoint Foundation and the full product, and what are the pros and cons? Microsoft calls …
Tim Anderson, 21 Nov 2011
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Security and backup for Small.biz

Few small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have the luxury of managing their different IT requirements separately. Often a single person, with responsibility for IT, will have to cope with everything and it may not even be their primary function. All the better then if they can single source their requirements from a reseller or …
Bob Tarzey, 07 Jun 2005
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Lenovo chases SMBs with Xeon E3 towers

Server maker Lenovo is one of the first vendors out the door with entry tower servers aimed at small and medium businesses based on Intel's "Sandy Bridge-DT" Xeon E3-1200 processors. The Xeon E3 chips are designed for single-socket servers and workstations. They were previewed by Intel back in March and started shipping in early …
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Intel floats hybrid cloud scheme for SMB apps

There are 22 million small and medium businesses in the world, and the last thing that Intel wants them to do is say to hell with servers and move all their workloads and data to public clouds. So Intel has come up with a clever scheme that will let service and application providers cloudwash their traditional SMB setup – i.e. …
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Dell flashes enhanced 12G racks of PowerEdge gear

To say that the x86 server makers are a little anxious for Intel to launch the "Sandy Bridge-EP" processors and get the Xeon E5 transition under way is a bit of an understatement. They are positively champing at the bit. Hewlett-Packard previewed its ProLiant Gen8 machine based on the Xeon E5s two weeks ago at its partner …

IBM server is really cool

IBM has announced a low-end Unix server which consumes 20 per cent less power than competing Sun Microsystems kit. The eServer p610 runs AIX5L or Linux (via Linux Affinity, full support isn't there yet) and comes with two Power3 microprocessor running at 375 or 450 Mhz, and in rack-mounted and tower versions. It is designed as …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2001