Small Business Server 2003 can help your business - securely
�Adding a server can really help make business more efficient.�
At the beginning of 2005 I installed Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 on a new server and lodged the whole thing precariously in a kitchen cupboard. I got it to solve a problem I was having with junk email but it has really helped in other ways.
I keep all my MP3s and digital pictures on it which means I can access them on any of the seven computers that inhabit my flat. My wife and I use Exchange Server to keep track of our diaries. She is a busy writer, actress and director. I'm a freelancer. Co-ordinating our lives is much easier when we can open one another's diaries.
Now, here's a translation for business readers. For MP3s, read spreadsheets, letters and sales data. For scheduling dinner parties, read meetings and appointments.
Adding a server (mine cost less than �1,000) can really help make business more efficient and Small Business Server 2003 is the operating system of choice for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. But it does require some care and attention to keep it safe.
Once you have the right kit set up, there are some routine security chores:
Many companies rely on their IT partners to provide a remote management service that takes care of these routine admin and setup tasks. The good news is that installing Small Business Server 2003 solves some security problems that small businesses commonly face.
If you use it as an internet gateway, it includes a firewall, and you have complete control over who has access to sensitive files. It stores all your files in one place, so they can be easily backed up, and it even comes with backup software included. Finally, you can put an end to passwords by implementing centralised policies that ensure everyone uses strong passwords.