Thu, Nov 11 2010 23:50
Are you a Breck girl?
So I got pinged today...
"I was just starting to wrap my head around where Aurora would fit in my business and along comes WSS2008R2e. Wow. I feel like just installing a simple Server Standard with Exchange in the cloud and be done with it. Except for not having RWW, that would fit my client’s needs.
It is getting crazy out there. At least with 2003 and 2008 there weren’t many options to keep up with"
We're certainly a bit of Goldilocks now with beds and chairs to pick from. It's up to us now to try out each solution and figure out which one is right for us.
One of those choices just might make you a "Breck girl".
Or maybe a Breck guy?
A what? you say. Okay I'm showing my age. Ancient stone age ad campaign for shampoo.
Leave it to the marketing folks to leave us with a mouthful... Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials - also known as Breckinridge. Or in this case for short "Breck". So from now on I'm just going to ask if you are thinking about being a Breck girl or guy.
So exactly what is Breck and what can it be used for?
- It's a entry level NAS device.
- It uses the same code base of Vail and Aurora but with slight differences (more on this later)
- It cannot be a domain controller (so no read only DCs).
- It can join a domain controller.
- It can store data as well as do client backup.
- Unlike Aurora it can do media streaming (think in terms of video training materials for the office) *
- It includes remote web access and the same monitoring Aurora has.
- It supports a maximum of 25 users and computers.
- Like Aurora it will not count that funky Quickbook user account that gets set up.
- Max ram is 8 gig, min ram is 2 gig.
- Built on Win2k8 R2
- Cannot be a hyperV host.
- Max number of drives is can support is 4 internal, 10 external (hmm that HP microserver would work well here)
- No cals are needed.
* that's probably the biggest nuance right there, the lack of media streaming in Aurora. Breck can do media streaming, Aurora can't. Now that said, it looks like Aurora will have the full on Active Directory Federation Services glue up to the cloud/Office 365 but if you don't need that DC on premises/AD glue to the cloud and are looking for something more workgroupishy, take a look at being a Breck guy. It can even create a Win7 Homegroup.
Breck can be a member server in a domain with domain join and each server then can support 25 users in the domain for client backup. Why do we sometimes care about client backup? Because in small business I haven't met a person (including myself) that doesn't want their icons just so. So getting their PC operational as fast as possible is what client backup is all about should an oops of any kind occur.
That said it doesn't HAVE to be a member server, nor a member of a domain. It can stay a workgroup as well. There's nothing stopping you from having hosted email (or google apps for that matter) and a breck server. Remember it supports Mac and Windows.
Pricing? Don't know. Watch your vendors, ping your distys.
RTM? Don't know that either. (geeze Susan you are being detail-less tonight). Yeah I know, sorry about that. As soon as I can fill in the blanks, I will.
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