It is no secret that I am a fan of Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008), but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a wish list of features and changes for the next version. Here is my short list of features I would like to see in the next version of EBS. I am interested in other peoples thoughts, so why not post a comment with your suggestions.
Give me the latest
Since EBS 2008 was released back in November 2008, Microsoft have been busy updating many of the components that make up EBS. The first items on my wish list are upgraded versions of those products:
- Upgrade the underlying server technology to Windows 2008R2
- Replace Exchange 2007 with Exchange 2010
- Replace System Centre Essentials 2007 with System Centre Essentials 2010
- Sharepoint 2010 – perhaps the foundation version
Improve the installer
While the EBS 2008 installer is easy to use and very clever, it would be nice to have the option of a manual install. I understand the value of having a highly automated installation process but at times it would be nice to have choices. This would be particularly useful for “green field” installations.
Client side Antivirus
A client side antivirus solution would be a great addition to EBS. Forefront Antivirus Client could be incorporated into EBS to allow centralised management of antivirus protection of client computers. Unfortunately while the current version of Forefront client works perfectly on EBS servers and clients, the management components require 32bit servers with SQL 2005 and reporting services.
Currently EBS 2008 uses Windows Backup as the built in backup solution. Backup functionality that allows Exchange 2010 to be backed up would be a great addition.