Microsoft  Small Business Server has  ( SBS ) probably served you well but the time has now come to upgrade to a new system because it will get hit with really nasty viruses like cryptolocker

The fist thing to know about Microsoft Small Business Server is that it is really several servers rolled into one piece of software and packaged in an attempt to provide all the things you needed in 2003 on one server. It was quiet successful but this tight integration makes it more difficult to migrate to another system

To quote Microsoft:

Change is nearly here: Windows Server 2003 reaches end of support on July 14, 2015 and SQL Server 2005 reaches end of support on April 12, 2016.

Moving to modern infrastructure and databases is not an insignificant undertaking.

Microsoft produce is a resource kit to help you migrate to the new systems.

The upgrade offerings are almost all cloud based:

  • Azure virtual machine
  • Office 365 hosted Exchange
  • Standalone machine


Migrating away from Microsoft.

One of the main reasons people consider a move from the Microsoft model is cost.
The licences can be pretty expensive but this is really only the tip of the iceberg as many of the service below are central to your business.

Services your Small business server runs

File server

File servers provide and manage access to folders and files with user level permissions.

Web Server

Web servers run IIS and provide an architecture for hosting Web applications.

Active Directory

Domain controllers that are part of your Active Directory infrastructure.

Terminal Services

Terminal Services allows applications to run on the server instead of on users’ workstations.

Application Server

Application Servers may be running both custom applications and third-party (packaged) applications.


Microsoft Applications already installed on your Small Business Server

  • Microsoft SQl
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Sharepoint Server