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Written by:SuperUser Account
8/19/2010 9:31 AM RssIcon

by Paul Thurrott

Microsoft this week released two public previews of upcoming low-end Windows Servers, one aimed at homes and home businesses, and the other at small businesses. For those very small businesses that previously found managed servers to be too complex and expensive, these products--Windows Home Server "Vail" and Windows Small Business Server "Aurora", respectively--represent an interesting and perhaps unprecedented conundrum: They're both excellent, and it's unclear which is the better fit.

Vail is the next-generation version of Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) product, and like its predecessor, it offers excellent media sharing capabilities. Vail also includes a new version of the Drive Extender technologies, which allows users to add internal and external hard drives at any time, without needing to worry about drive letters, partitioning or other configurations: With WHS, all storage is aggregated into a single, easy-to-use pool. Drive Extender also provides seamless data duplication functionality, so that all files are duplicated on two different physical disks, to help offset any hardware disasters.

While Vail is aimed primarily at home users, it offers some interesting benefits for small businesses too, including the centralized, pooled storage, centralized PC backup and recovery, and remote access functionality. And because Vail servers will be inexpensive and easily upgradeable, they're a great addition to almost any environment.

What Vail lacks, however, is compatibility with Active Directory-based domains. And that's where Aurora comes in. Small Business Server (SBS) Aurora looks and works almost exactly like Vail--it even features the same add-on extensibility model--but with two major differences. First, an Aurora server is a domain controller, and all of the users, computers, and other objects you manage from this machine will be part of a real AD domain. Second, while Aurora does include the excellent Drive Extender capabilities of Vail, it lacks the media sharing functionality.

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Accountnet 
Office Location:  New York, New York, United States
Type:  Systems Integrator,Reseller,Training Firm,System Builder,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  Non Profits, Healthcare, Finance, Business Services


Accountnet is a Microsoft Cloud Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains Software) and Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon Software) solution provider. Management Reporter and Forecaster experts. Accountnet works with ISV's and other Web based products.

 

 

Jack Frost Design 
Office Location:  San Ramon, California, United States
Type:  ISV,Training Firm,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  Jack Frost Design is all about business and not necessarily about a specific industry. After 40+ years in business JFD has touched corporations, medium size businesses and some small business entities. No matter what industry you are in delivering a successful business initiative requires a strong command of four key business skills:•Business Operations: a solid understanding of workflow process and ROI (return on investment).•Marketing: the ability to identify and reach a target market with an effectively motivating message.•Technology: the technical skills to harness the most effective technologies for business process automation.•Branding: the ability to encapsulate all of the above factors within a unified vision that resonates with the target customer and builds loyalty.Because it only takes weakness in one of these areas to undermine what would have otherwise been a successful enterprise, Jack Frost Design has taken the unusual step of including each of these areas of expertise in a single company. It a unique approach. It has been successful for 40+ years.


SharePoint Makes it Possible. JFD Makes it HappenAt JFD we have a solid understanding and respect for SharePoint. We pioneered using the technology for public facing websites and we are skilled at configuring it to reduce the possibility of uncontrolled over deployment. We use the product the same way that most of our clients do.We also let ROI be our guide in the development of workflow automation and we never build without a financial goal and a documented blueprint or project plan. JFD has been brought in to clean up other partner's failed projects. And as a company we are most proud of our work ethic.

 

 

Insite Software 
Office Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  Enterprise eCommerce platform for .NET developers


Insite Software is a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms, serving more than 700 customers, design agencies and .NET development firms across the globe.

 

 

Syvantis Technologies, Inc. 
Office Location:  Baxter, Minnesota, United States
Type:  Reseller,VAR
Industry Focus:  Financial Services, Nonprofits, Government, Medical (as a back-end to medical billing), retail (as a back-end to POS system), Distributors, Wholesalers, E-Commerce, Retail, Light Assembly, Professional Services, Consulting, Custom Job Manufacturers, etc.


Syvantis Technologies. is a Microsoft Certified Silver Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics GP. GP (formerly Great Plains) helps your organization to increase its financial transparency with integrated systems, shared data, and drill-down capabilities so that transactions and audit trails are easily managed.

 

 

NCC Data 
Office Location:  Addison, Texas, United States
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator,Reseller
Industry Focus:  NCC Data specializes in IT Outsourcing. We consult with companies in order to help maximize employee’s productivity with the goal of reducing costs.


NCC Data has grown to one of the top independently owned IT services and communications companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Why? Our clients come first. It’s important to us as a company to give each and every client the best in cost-effective innovation, strategies, service and professionalism.

 

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