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Microsoft Has Ended the Small Business Server (SBS) Product Family

SBS was a fantastic product for many small- to medium--sized businesses. By combining Windows Server with Exchange and SharePoint, and simplifying management of the environment - all at an affordable price - SBS was wildly popular and widely used. So much so that today, countless SBS 2003, 2008 and 2011 servers are still in use.

But SBS 2011 was the last of the Small Business family. It featured Server 2008 R2 and Exchange and SharePoint 2010, but newer versions of those products offer more features and more importantly, more security and dependability. They just don't come bundled together for on-premise use.

If I Can't Get Exchange and SharePoint Bundled in a New Server, Why Would I Drop SBS?

There are two very good reasons. The first is that your hardware is probably as old as the software if not older, and while software seems to keeps chugging along, sooner or later hardware does not.

The second is that there is a much better, cheaper and more reliable way to get Exchange and SharePoint services: Office 365 from Microsoft. Not only are there no hardware or software up front costs, as you would have for on premise servers, there are no maintenance and upgrade costs, either. Just a very low cost, affordable monthly fee per user.

What's the Catch?

There is not one. Migrating your email and SharePoint data to Office 365 is straight forward and can be done fairly quickly, either all at once or in stages. Users will barely notice when the change occurs and will continue onward exactly as they do now. Just no interruptions if the server goes down or has to be rebooted for changes or fixes. You know about those, right?

But with Office 365, you not only get Exchange email and SharePoint (by the way much newer versions and features than you have on SBS), you also get OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, and many more features with your subscription. You can even get desktop Office 2013/2016 for your desktops, laptops and tablets added to your monthly subscription and always have the latest versions.

What about my SBS Server then?

Although we recommend upgrading old hardware to prevent catastrophic failure, You can continue to run SBS in conjunction with Office 365. We can turn off Exchange and SharePoint services, improving the performance of your server, and move shared files to Office 365. Users will still experience having them as server shares, but the big advantage is that the actual data is stored in the Office 365 cloud and synced to the server. No need to worry about backups for that. And you can get access to multiple versions of a file if you ever need to go back to an earlier version.

Additionally you can migrate to a new hardware platform (they have never been cheaper) with a cheaper version of Windows 2012 R2 to bring it all up to date.

TechEvents Offers You the Professional and Business Skills to Migrate

With years of experience with SBS and Office 365, we help you get the job done quickly and with few (if any) disruptions in your business. We avoid common mistakes that people often make in moving to Office 365, and with our years of running small and medium sized businesses, we are there to advise on best business practices and cost saving choices.

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