The details about the new version of the SBS i.e. the Small Business Server have been released by Microsoft, in the actual manner there are two versions of this. The SBS version 7.0 is considered to be an update of what we have been seeing before and is a bundle of the core applications which also include the Exchange 2010, SharePoint as well as the services of the system update which has been tuned to turn on one single box of Server 2008 R2.

SBS Aurora

The SBS which has been codenamed Aurora is a new thing by contrast and it has been designed as one gateway to the services of cloud as well as it is used for managing the local network. This is aimed at all of those businesses that have 5 to 25 users. Both of these versions would be released in a public beta version by the end of the month of August. The small business server has always been one really curious beast. This is all in one package that also has a user friendly console and it seems just like the thing which is intended for the small organizations that do not have dedicated staff of IT. But below this façade and behind all of this lie the complexity of the Enterprise Windows.

SBS vs Windows home server

The SBS is considered to be working fine when it is managed in a well manner but often it is not the actual case and sometimes it becomes a burden for the organizations. Some of the businesses have also noticed that a lot more is offered by the Windows Home Sever. It is thought that the Windows home server is cheaper and is really easier to manage as compared to the SBS. Also, it does all of the useful things such as backing up the client PCs and it also has the storage which can be expanded in easier manner simple with the help of adding some new hard drive and without even worrying about the drive letters.


It has also been noticed by Microsoft that SBS Aurora is also built on the same kind of codebase like the Windows home server 2.0 which has been codenamed Vail. It does not comes with any of the server applications which we can talk about but it does have an Active directory which is considered to be very much important in order to make sense of the user management as well as the permissions throughout the local network. The federated identity services are also included in that which means that the user has only one identity which applied both locally as well as on the hosted services like the Exchange and the SharePoint as long as the provider is supporting all of these services.

The SBS Aurora is also just like the Windows home server and is designed to be headless. It can be managed with the help of a remote dashboard. It does not do much and Michael Leworthy – who is the product manager, has described this as one plumbing infrastructure box.