Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium
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Microsoft as usual
Ray s., Newegg
19 September 2012
Summary: If they changed the quad-core requirement they would sell a lot more upgrades
Pros: Finally a fair price for a Microsoft Server OS, easy install
Cons: The quad core processor requirement is ridiculous. The only reason in needed to upgrade the OS for my customer was because the Software his business uses upgraded their SQL requirements thus the Win 2000 Server no longer met their requirements. So I had to also upgrade the server hardware.
Solid Piece of Software - proves you get what you pay for
john r., Newegg
1 June 2012
Summary: Over a year ago, I originally bought a WHS machine and then upgraded to WHS-2011. I spent most of my time cruising the blogs trying to figure out how to make it work the way I wanted it to. SBS-2011 essentials washed all my previous problems away. (makes WHS look like a failed beta). Note to self...
Pros: I have been running SBS2011 for 4 months and it has worked flawlessly. The "connector" software and backups worked from day 1. With a little bit of "googling", I was able to get the VPN working, and now my network drives will connect from anywhere (big plus when I travel).
Cons: I originally struggled with the $399 price, but finally bought it during a discount campaign. It's definitely a "technical" installation and configuration process, I had to configure a USB (OPK) "headless" installation. I previously ran the EOM version of WHS-2011 and spent nearly 3 weeks figurin...
Summary: An example that may remain relevant, the SBS 2003 installation script gave several points where one could make a choice. If you did not accept the default, the next screen said you could not proceed, nor could you go back to change your choice -- had to reinstall from bare metal every time.
Pros: Lots of nice features
Cons: Not for a typical small business; as all those who praise it say, you need to be "educated," so you might not be able to do it yourself. I have not bought this 2011 version; I had 2003 version, and it was really not even beta quality. It seemed like an orphan. Based on that experience, I think th...
Summary: for those that gave 1 egg and that one guy that said it ruined 2 workstations, bios and registry, i have to call you out, I can see how a bad config on your install may cause registry problems but not bios, also invest is spelled with an I not an E, windows server will never modify bios settings nor...
Pros: it works great if you know what you are doing. If you dont well scroll down and see the others that are giving 1 egg and expect the same results
Pros: I have worked in the enterprise IT field for 10 years now and have been using Microsoft product since Windows 3.1. This is a great addition to the Microsoft product line. First of all for its ease of use and secondly for the consistency that comes with running a Microsoft OS.
Cons: This is not a con but a note: Microsoft Server editions are not for a standard user. If you are not willing to learn whole new genera of computing go with home server. I use 2008 r2 on my main rack and it performance and integrates seamlessly. Please do not post if you have failed to succeed with...
Summary: With a lot of research, hacking of windows, and images taken before each major tweak, this will probably turn out to work, but if the cost of my time was factored in, It would have been better to just buy windows 2008 R2 and paid the extra money, on the plus side this OS came with a free hard drive.
Pros: Out of the box, this gives you support for 25 users with no client packs needed. While I haven't verfied yet, microsoft claims all 25 user can use vpn and remote desktop. Microsoft further claims that all of the Windows 2008 R2 drivers should work with this OS since very little hardware provided ...
Cons: First, during the install you have no control over anything, there are no option to customize anything. My biggest gripe is that is selects a default hard drive layout that is netorious for problems in the future. It splits the hard drive up into two partitions, with the OS going onto a very smal...
Pros: Works great for companies with less than 25 Users. I love the built in backup capabilities, that saved us a lot of money, because we were going to deploy the Acronis backup software before we discovered SBS Essentials.
Summary: I'm a Network security specialist and work with all types of OS's: Linux based, Solaris, and MS to name a few. this software does what you configure it to do if you are educated and properly trained. Go get trained "same old Microsoft" poster and stop your blabbing.
Pros: Just a quick comment for several of the negative posters: Get educated and learn to build/configure properlly and you will not have a problem.