And there's also support for SMS messages to be sent and received directly from Outlook.
The version that's included is Exchange Standard with the only limitation, compared to the full version, being max 75 users , but DAG requires the Enterprise version and two servers and UM requires an Enterprise CAL. Just as with SBS , there's no way to upgrade to SBS from earlier versions, but Microsoft does provide migration tools to help the process along.
The new server is added to the existing network, and settings, files and data are transferred across to the new environment over a couple of weeks. There are new source-server health checks that come with SBS that should make for smoother transitions. For businesses that today have an SBS server, it's probably not too big a stretch to spring for new x64 server hardware, since it's likely that the existing hardware is fairly old.
For businesses that are on SBS , the story is a bit different. Many small businesses like to run their servers for three, four years or even longer and will be hard-pressed to fork out for more x64 hardware. Since Microsoft's built-in migration tools require the old and the new server to co-exist, there's no way to reuse the existing server for SBS , so alternative third-party migration processes such as Swing Migration are likely to become very popular again.
The way to start a migration, as opposed to a clean installation, is with an answer file. You store this file on removable media and setup will detect it and proceed with a migration. A tiny improvement over SBS that could potentially save hours of lost time is that the SBS setup will prompt for the answer file rather than just assume it's a clean installation if it can't find the file.
A small improvement that could potentially save hours of time. The choices that face a small-business owner looking to upgrade their IT infrastructure in have become a lot more complex. Looking to the cloud? Trying to use productivity applications on the net, perhaps through Google Docs try it first please: apart from a few high points, it's really quite terrible.
Sven said:. Do you really need a VPN? Often, businesses that have customized their accounting application have stronger and more specific needs. The Microsoft server implementation for a small user base is too expensive and cumbersome. It is only offered up from the catalog site.
What happens to productivity when the internet connection is down? And even if the link is up, what's the performance going to be, compared to Mbps or Gbps in the office?
Perhaps the safer choice until NBN is to stay with an on-premises or cross-premises solution. Even if you've decided on on-premises, there are more choices. For these reasons, use wireless networks to supplement wired networks, not to replace them. For more information about wireless access points, see the section Choosing a Wireless Standard: When using wireless networking, always use appropriate security measures, such as Wireless Protected Access WPA , For more information, see the section Planning for Security later in this chapter.
Common network types. Wireless speeds vary greatly depending on the distance from the access point, and the number and type of walls, floors, and other interference between the access point and the client device.
Choosing the right cable for a wired Fast Ethernet Mbps network is easy—Cat 5 cable. However, there are exceptions to this rule that pertain to existing installations and new construction. Cables in an existing network might not be usable. New construction should run several strands of Cat 5e or, ideally, Cat 6. Although Cat 5 cable can be used with Gigabit Ethernet, it is marginal at best.
Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables are more reliable and provide headroom for possible Gigabit Ethernet standards. Cables should converge at a reasonably clean, centrally located wiring closet with adequate power, ventilation, and security for all servers and network devices. Be sure to leave room for future growth. Shielded Cat 5, Cat 5e, and Cat 6 cables are available for situations that potentially involve high levels of electromagnetic interference such as antennas.
You should use plenum-grade cable any time wiring is placed in a drop ceiling. Before running cable in a drop ceiling, talk to the building manager. Currently, you can choose from four wireless standards: Channels separate wireless networks, with each channel providing 11 Mbps of bandwidth. You should not buy new equipment that supports only There are serious security considerations with older wireless hardware that preclude it from being deployed in a business environment.
If you decide to use This strategy also permits the highest network density, with 11 channels available simultaneously for wireless networks. Most This dual-band equipment provides the greatest flexibility and compatibility and is especially good at avoiding interference from other equipment. Choosing dual-band equipment from a single OEM is the safest choice for compatibility at the highest speeds. After selecting a network type and Internet connection method, create a network diagram to visually show which network devices are needed.
Then select the necessary devices for the network, such as switches, wireless access points, firewalls, and network adapters. Choose a single brand of network hardware if possible. This ensures greater hardware compatibility, simplifies administration, and makes obtaining vendor support easier. Creating a diagram of the network can quickly show which devices you need and where they should be located, as shown in Figure 3. Internet connection The Internet connection usually comes in the form of a telephone or coaxial cable that connects to a DSL or cable router.
It is traditionally represented by a cloud at the top of the drawing and a line that connects to the router or firewall. DSL or cable modem The Internet usually enters the organization in the form of a telephone or cable line that plugs into a DSL or cable modem. Firewall The DSL or cable modem is then plugged into the firewall, which should be a router or firewall.
Some modems are combined with built-in routers that have basic firewall capabilities. Consumer routers or DSL modems are not sufficient protection for a business network. Perimeter network This is an optional area of the network between the DSL or cable modem and the firewall, where low-security devices such as wireless access points can be placed. Internal network The internal network includes the SBS computer, the client computers, and any network-connected devices, such as printers. Wireless access points should be on the internal network and use You can also place access points in the perimeter network when you want to provide Internet access to the general public such as in a coffee shop, conference room, or lobby.
Ethernet networks use the star network topology also known as hub and spoke , which means that all network devices must be plugged into a central hub or switch. Choosing the right switch requires evaluating the following factors:.
Get a switch instead. Switches are inexpensive, provide additional performance, and facilitate mixing 10 Mbps, Mbps, and 1 Gbps devices on the same network segment. Number of ports Make sure that the switch provides more than enough ports for all computers, access points, network printers, and Network Attached Storage NAS devices on the network, along with spare ports for expansion or to use in the event of a port failure.
We are running Windows SBS , and have it set up for Remote Web Access. We are able to connect fine from home on all the windows. Hi, One of our users just purchased a new MacBook Pro. Can Macs easily remote -access our Windows SBS network using our.
Management Managed switches provide the ability to view the status of attached devices from a remote connection, which can be useful for off-site technicians. In general, save the cash and stick with an unmanaged switch unless the cost difference is slight or the organization uses an off-site consultant who wants the ability to remotely administer switches. As you learned earlier in the chapter, wireless access points permit clients to wirelessly connect to a wired network.
Access points are often integrated into routers, but they are also available as stand-alone devices that must be plugged into a switch like any other network device.
Some wireless routers can be reconfigured to be simple access points. Business-grade access points are more expensive than consumer-oriented access points; however, they are usually more reliable and full-featured. Routers with built-in access points are often no more expensive than stand-alone access points and are useful when creating a perimeter network. But be sure they can be used as a pure access point—many can function only as a router, which will complicate your network setup.
Access points should support WEP is simply not acceptable for any wireless device connected to your internal network, and even WPA should not be considered sufficient protection for an internally connected access point. Windows is no longer supported or available and will not receive even critical updates. The process of connecting a nonsupported client to an SBS network varies depending on the operating system involved, but for Windows Professional, you need to manually join the domain and then configure accounts on the computer by following these steps:. Log on to the Windows client with a local administrative account.
Click the Network Identification tab, and then click Properties to open the Identification Changes page shown in Figure Click OK three more times to acknowledge the welcome message and the reboot warning, and to close the System Properties dialog box. Click Yes to reboot the Windows computer. When the computer restarts, log on to the computer with an SBS account to ensure that everything went as expected.
Microsoft Office and newer versions work well with Microsoft Office documents from Windows clients, and the Mail client component of Office for Mac also works well with Microsoft Exchange.