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 … Continue reading Essential Business Server Wish List
I recently had an issue with the System Centre Essentials on the Management Server of an Essential Business Server (EBS08). One of the catches with EBS08 is that you can’t easily reinstall the SCE component, you actually need to reinstall the server it is on. This is of course worst case scenario. I found this article on Technet which explains how to do a “Replacement … Continue reading Essential Business Server Replacement Mode Install
Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) is Microsoft’s mid-range business server bundle. Making the choice to move to EBS is one that should be considered by anyone with network supporting between 25-250 users. I hope this post will help with the decision. Reasons to consider EBS: EBS has a 300 user limit. Take this into account, if you are near 300 users choose Standard Server instead. … Continue reading Should I choose Essential Business Server?
Forefront Security for Exchange is the Microsoft solution to protecting your Exchange environment from viruses and malware. Small Business Server 2008 includes a 180 free trail version that can be optionally installed, while Essential Business Server 2008 includes a 1 year subscription. Forefront for Exchange can also be purchased as a standalone product. Continue reading Forefront Security for Exchange
Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008) automatically installs and configures most of the components required to provide remote access. Details can be found in my EBS 2008 Remote Access article. Forefront TMG is automatically configured during installation to allow the ports listed below to access services in the EBS 2008 environment. If you have an external router or firewall you will need to forward the … Continue reading EBS 2008 Firewall Configuration
Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008) has in my experience been a very stable environment, but I have struck a few interesting issues. Here are solutions to some of the issues I have encountered: Outlook prompts for authentication every few minutes I found the solution to this was to change authentication on “AutoDiscover” in IIS on the Messaging Server. Details can be found on the … Continue reading Recent EBS 2008 issues and solutions
The premium edition of Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) includes an additional Windows 2008 Standard Server licence and SQL 2008 standard license. While the three servers that make up the core of EBS are 64bit, the forth server can be either 32bit or 64bit. Here are a few ways this server can be used to enhance the network environment. Virtualisation With the included Windows 2008 … Continue reading EBS 2008 Premium Server Overview