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Microsoft Previews Small Business Server 7

Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, the office-oriented server suite for businesses with 25 to 75 users, includes Exchange Server 2010 SP1, SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Hyper-V support.

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Microsoft announced that the public preview version of Microsoft Small Business Server Version 7 (SBS7) is now available for free download. SBS 7 is targeted to small businesses and organizations with roughly 25 to 75 users.

"We call them previews," says Michael Leworthy, senior technical product manager for Windows Server SMB, Microsoft. "We recommend people run this in a testing environment, not for a production environment. It's a testing build for us -- it's pretty much feature-complete, but there may be some feature or functional changes between this and the final release. And testing includes community feedback, of course."

Similar to how Microsoft Office combines and integrates a set of Microsoft office and Internet user productivity applications, Microsoft Small Business Server is an office-oriented server suite, including a Microsoft server-oriented operating system and several of the server tools useful to small business network environments. According to Leworthy, "We currently have about one and a half million SBS users across the various versions."

Small Business Server 7 is built on Windows Server 2008 R2. "Release 2 provides some advantages, including Hyper-V support, security, and Direct Access with Windows 7, making VPN authentication and other procedures seamless to end user," according to Leworthy. The standard edition of SBS7 will include Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010, and Windows Software Update Services.

SBS Aurora, which has been available for free download since mid-August, is intended for small businesses with up to 25 user accounts, and "will be comprised of a small on-premises Server core and will be supplemented by a number of cloud services, starting with Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)," according to Microsoft.

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