Windows Essential Business Server

November 26, 2007 at 5:57 PM2102

Microsoft announced Windows Essential Business Server (previously code-named "Centro"), a new integrated multiserver solution designed for midsize businesses with sophisticated IT needs which offers integrated security, simple administration with unified management console and just like in Small Business edition integrated multiple products which are normally cheaper than if you buy separate licenses.

In Standard Edition you will get:

  • Windows Server 2008 with Active Directory Domain Services
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials
  • Microsoft Exchange Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
  • Next version of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server)

In Premium Edition you will also get Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition.

If I`m honest I never liked idea of Small Business Server. Why? On one side you have best practices which says that you should not put for example Domain Controller and Exchange Server on one box. On the other side you have product which have everything together. On one or on two servers. So I have the same opinion about Windows Essential Business Server. I sure hope that you will be able to install it to separate servers.

But it also has good side. It cost less than separate products so it`s great for small companies with low budget for IT.

Source: Windows Essential Business Server Overview (A New Server Solution for Midsize Businesses)