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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.

Read more here.

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Metafile Information Systems 
Office Location:  Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution, Government


MetaViewer® Paperless ERP for Dynamics® Go beyond the electronic file cabinet to an integrated paperless ERP solution from MetaViewer®. Today’s business environment has heightened the need for cost-cutting efficiencies and executive visibility into all your financial processes. It has also brought heightened focus to the Accounts Payable function. The root of most of AP's challenges can be traced back to its dependence on paper and the resulting lack of automation and accurate analytics.

 

 

Quantum Whisper 
Office Location:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Type:  ISV,Systems Integrator
Industry Focus:  Software development and fellow ISVs using Dynamics CRM and Microsoft TFS.


Quantum Whisper is a boutique software company delivering integration solutions for Dynamics CRM. Our flagship product, TFS Support Manager, integrates CRM cases and Team Foundation Sever (TFS).

 

 

Syvantis Technologies, Inc. 
Office Location:  Baxter, Minnesota, United States
Type:  Reseller,VAR
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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.

 

 

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Sherwood Systems 
Office Location:  Phoenix, AZ, United States
Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Healthcare, Distribution and Aviation


Sherwood Systems is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner dedicated to providing Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM software solutions in the Arizona and New Mexico areas that increase efficiency and improve business processes. Sherwood Systems specializes in... Implementation and customization of Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains), a robust accounting and supply chain management software solution scalable to a number of industries such as Distribution, Manufacturing, Not for Profit and more Implementation and customization of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a complete customer relationship management solution for all business types Industry specific software for Distribution, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Credit Unions, Not for Profit, Aviation and Concrete Ready Mix For more information on Sherwood Systems, download five reasons to put your trust in us for all your ERP and CRM software needs: http://www.sherwood.com/pdf/Top5Reasons.pdf.

 

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