Articles about Small Business Server

The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

Sysadmin blog Microsoft makes a number of truly fantastic technologies and it is legitimately at the cutting edge of a number of hybrid cloud technologies. By the same token, Microsoft is also an asshat, so any attempt to make decisions about it gets complicated and messy in a right hurry. Unfortunately, as refreshes near, making sense of …
Trevor Pott, 06 May 2016
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Toaster cooks network and burns 'expert' user's credibility to a crisp

ON-CALL Welcome to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' tales of being "used and abused to serve like hell", as Grandmaster Flash once said. This week, meet “CJ”, who back in the day “finally managed to convince the owners of real estate agency that their ageing 10B2 thin Ethernet network needed to be updated and made reliable …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2016

Virty expert with a Cisco cert and hate money? Here's the job for you!

Unpaid internships are on the nose around the world as even entry-level workers rebel against exploitation, but a "job" ad spotted by Vulture South takes the practice to new depths. The unpaid IT Systems Engineer internship ad calls for someone capable of helping engineers run up Windows servers for Microsoft small business …
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Tintri T850: Storage array demonstrates stiff upper lip under pressure

Review The Tintri T850 is Tintri's mid-line offering. It is a great example of the current line of Tintri products. Reviewing it has been something of a challenge, though that is the fault of your reviewer, not the storage array. Tintri focuses on intelligent storage that analyses your workloads and predicts what your workloads are …
Trevor Pott, 03 Sep 2015
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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

Microsoft is taking heat from sysadmins for removing the installation option for a desktop GUI (Graphical User Interface) in the current Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016. "A gui as one of the default options is absolutely required for the SMB Space", says one user in the comments here. We "definitely need third option …
Tim Anderson, 03 Jun 2015
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MS Azure Stack. It's like Azure Pack but with even more cloudiness

Microsoft announced the Azure Stack at its Ignite event earlier this month, for running something like Azure on-premises, but how does it differ from the existing Azure Pack, which kind-of does the same thing? The answer goes to the heart of how Microsoft is changing to become a cloud-first company, at least within its own …
Tim Anderson, 18 May 2015
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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

Windows XP is officially gone but its server companions Windows Server 2003 and Server 2003 R2 live – just not for much longer. Mainstream support for the server duo ended on 13 July 2010 but the expiration of extended support is now just three months away: 14 July 2015. The date is critical as that’s when security updates and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2015
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HP: we had portfolio gaps in entry level servers

HP GPC 2015 A competitive bite is something HP has confessed to lacking in the small biz server arena of late but has coughed a couple of entry level boxes, and is tweaking the channel’s financial plumbing. The two ProLiant tower servers, the ML10 v2 and ML110 are priced at $300 and $1000 respectively, with the first aimed at very small …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2015

Ransomware 2.0 'crypts website databases – until victims pay up

Criminals are holding companies' web databases to ransom by compromising web applications and encrypting all the data until money is handed over. As detailed by security consultancy High-Tech Bridge, the attacks start with an assault on a website that yields access to a database server. Once in, miscreants install hidden …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2015
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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

Sysadmin blog 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

Microsoft Intune hears the call for device management

Review 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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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Sysadmin blog 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
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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

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

Review 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, …
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2013
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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Sysadmin blog 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

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 …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2013
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It MUST be the END of the WORLD... El Reg man thanks commentards

Sysadmin blog 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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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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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

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

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 …

Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Review 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

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

Sysadmin blog 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

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 …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2012

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

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

Sysadmin blog 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 …
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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 …
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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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HP lures SMBs with tweaked servers, switches

HP has released new – well, "tweaked" might be more accurate – entry-level servers and switches, and rolled out two appliances to run data warehousing and analytics applications. Although HP likes to boast about its prowess in the largest data centers of the world, it lives and dies on the purchasing whims of small and medium …
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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, …
Trevor Pott, 18 Jun 2011
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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 …
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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 uncages Xeon E3 servers for SMBs

Dell has made a good living selling single-socket servers to small and medium businesses, and it is out there in front again supporting Intel's just-announced "Sandy Bridge-DT" Xeon E3-1200 processors in its PowerEdge machines. There are eleven Xeon E3-1200 chips, with four of them being aimed at workstations specifically …
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Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 - what's in it for you?

Review “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 …
Tim Anderson, 22 Dec 2010
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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
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Microsoft dives into cloud as resellers ask: 'What's in it for me?'

Analysis “We're rebooting, re-pivoting, re-transitioning the whole company around betting big on cloud services,” said Microsoft CFO Kevin Turner at the company’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year. Turner was talking about hosted services – based mainly on Exchange and SharePoint – along with the Azure application and …
Tim Anderson, 10 Dec 2010
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Linux servers for Windows folk: go on, give it a bash

Despite all the hullabaloo about Ubuntu and other desktop offerings, for most organisations, the main use of Linux is on servers. Ignore all the waffle about flashy desktops and which browser is best, because the truth is, most organisations run on Windows and tons of Windows software – perhaps with a few Macs thrown in – and …
Liam Proven, 17 Nov 2010
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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

Half a hero biscuit for Microsoft

Sysadmin blog Neat as it is, Office Communications Server (OCS) is complicated. It has grown beyond being one application server into a collection of interlinked but separate application servers, each with their own requirements. There is a front-end server component, Web Conferencing, A/V Conferencing, Application Sharing, Communicator Web …
Trevor Pott, 26 Aug 2010
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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” …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2010
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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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Conviction and confusion in Microsoft's cloud strategy

Microsoft TechEd Microsoft's Windows platform may be under attack from the cloud, but you wouldn't know it here at the company's TechEd in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference is a sell-out, with 10,500 attendees mostly on the IT professional side of the industry, in contrast to last year's event in Los Angeles, California, which only …
Tim Anderson, 08 Jun 2010
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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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RIM unveils free BlackBerry server

MWC 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 …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010
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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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IBM slots 'Lynnfield' Xeons into System x

If you want to play in the x64 server racket, you need high-end boxes that offer lots of enterprise-class features. You need entry machines that offer the best bang for the buck and a low price. And you need midrange machines that split the difference without breaking the bank account. IBM has always been good at the high-end …
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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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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 …