As many of you know, I wrote the book on Windows Small Business Server 2008, as well as earlier editions. It’s an operating system and a good deal more, giving most small businesses (up to 75 users or devices) pretty much all the infrastructure and enterprise environment they need.
We’ve run our writing business on SBS for years, and we recently moved our production environment over to SBS 2008. This was the last piece of the puzzle, and we’re fully 64-bit here except for two old workstations that don’t have the hardware for it, and that can’t quite go away yet.
This does, of course, leave us with a question? What to do with that old SBS 2003 R2 server? It’s only 32-bit, but it has 3GB of RAM, and lots and lots of RAID array. Maybe we’ll turn it in to an iSCSI SAN, using StarWind’s iSCSI software. That would be a good way to repurpose the hardware and let us rationalize our storage here a bit.
So, back to SBS 2008, which is what started all this. The Official SBS Blog has a new post on Why small businesses use SBS, complete with links to some smoking deals from Dell and HP, amongst others. Check out the blog for some compelling reasons to consider SBS 2008, grab a copy of our book on it for detailed planning and configuration information, and then make the move to 64-bit on the back end and you’ll love the differences.