Microsoft to Preview Windows SBS 2003 R2

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-03-14 Print this article Print

Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, will talk up its Small Business Server 2003 R2, which is based on the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating-system build.

Microsoft is hosting some 400 of its small and midsize customers and partners at its Redmond, Wash., campus on March 14 as part of its inaugural Small Business Summit titled "Take Your Business to the Next Level." Aside from the campus event March 14, Microsoft staff members will also host more than 40 online sessions over the rest of the week as part of the summit, for which some 10,000 people have signed up. Kevin Turner, Microsofts chief operating officer and former executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, will give the opening keynote, as well as talk up its Small Business Server 2003 R2, which is due this summer and based on the Windows Server 2003 R2 operating-system build.
Turner will show the R2 user interface and some features, Steven VanRoekel, the senior director of Microsofts Windows Server Solutions team, told eWEEK.
SBS is a bundle of several different server-based products. Included in the SBS 2003 version are Windows Server 2003; Windows SharePoint Services; SQL Server 2000; Exchange Server 2003; and ISA Server 2000. Click here to read more about Microsofts Small Business Server 2003 R2. The product comes in two flavors: Standard and Premium. "The one feature we are most excited about and are going to talk a lot more about, starting at this event, is the Green Check--a technology that makes SBS control all of a users network-wide patching and update management, not only for the server but for all the desktops attached to that server," VanRoekel said. Users will receive a daily e-mail that gives an update on the health of their system. If all the items in that report are checked in green, they will know that all their systems are patched and up-to-date. If some items are yellow, they will be told how to get the patch and update the system themselves, he said. The current patching and update process is more manual and has been changed to provide small business customers with the confidence that comes with the Green Check and knowing their systems are current. "This is all about ease-of-use for them," he said. Next Page: Additional features and storage.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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