As for business use, forget about it. Like XP Home before it, Basic doesnt work or play well with serious, aka domain or AD-based, networks. It also doesnt have such potentially useful business functionality as network backup or the EFS (Encrypted File System).Its also more useful for a business environment with EFS and both scheduled and network backup features. Unfortunately, like XP Home before it, its crippleware in one crucial respect: You still cant use it in a domain/AD-based LAN. Now, Premium may have support for the rumored "Quattro" home network server. But, its anyone guess if the
home Longhorn server will ever appear.
Even if it does, its years away, and Im sure the Quattro server wont be compatible with business network servers.
Next up, we have the two business Vistas: Business and Enterprise. They include all the extras that are missing from the various home versions. They also both have Shadow copy client protection.
This is a Server 2003 feature, which automatically makes shadow copies of files and folders ever day. That way, if a file gets deleted or fouled up beyond belief, you can always look at the directory with Explorer and click on Previous Versions to step back in time and get an older copy.
Of course, this eats up hard-drive space, but on the other hand, chances are youd be willing to trade disk room for the belts and suspender of an automatic and local backup.
Next Page: Enterprise.
Premium, however, is a worth-while home distribution. It does have Aero, presuming you have the graphic fire power to support Aero that is. It also has DVD Video Authoring and Media Center support.