If you've ever installed a business server from scratch, you already know how complicated it can be to get the network up and running, and to fully connect individual clients to the system.
Set up requirements can be a nightmare and are a deterrent to converting to a new server software solution, even when the solution is capable of delivering important benefits to the network and its users.
Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to set up issues. Since many smaller companies lack legitimate IT departments and staff resources, server set up typically falls on the owner or other staff members who aren't trained to handle the installation of a sophisticated server application. The result is either a dysfunctional system or a major investment in a third-party provider that has the skills to both install and maintain the server network.
Windows Small Business Server is designed to meet the needs of small companies and minimize the amount of expertise required to achieve a functioning network environment. But although the software streamlines the process, it doesn't completely eliminate set up and maintenance requirements. To fill the gap, many small businesses are turning to providers who offer turnkey Windows Small Business Server packages.
Windows Small Business Server makes it easier for companies that lack full-blown IT departments to set up and maintain a basic office network. You'll still have to get your hands dirty, but you don't have to possess the technical expertise of a twenty-year IT professional to set up a basic office network.
Pre-loaded servers make Windows SBS installation even easier. Many providers now sell servers that have been pre-loaded with SBS software as a convenience for server newbies. After you've placed your order, the server is shipped to your office. When it arrives, you simply take it out of the box and perform an expedited installation process. In less than a few hours, your staff will have the ability to perform basic network functions like email, Internet connectivity, file sharing and data storage.
One of the benefits of pre-loaded SBS software is that a software wizard walks you through the process from start to finish. Whenever possible, you should know which features you need before you begin the installation process, although it is possible to add features at a later date.
Windows SBS 2008 also streamlines maintenance requirements with simplified user and workstation additions, email address assignments, backup scheduling and automated updating.