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[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Becky Lymberis]
Small business owners understand how challenging it can be to run a productive business where customers are satisfied and employees are enabled to deliver high quality service. Today’s business environment is competitive and staying ahead requires a renewed commitment to satisfying existing customers while delighting new ones. Many small business owners tell us they are working harder and longer than ever before, often sacrificing time with their family to keep their business healthy. They are always relieved to hear that there are affordable solutions that help them to increase the productivity of their business while enabling them to stay connected to everyone within their network (customers, employees and family). Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) can be thought of as the central hub for the small business that helps them get connected to their information, calendars, and important business applications whether in the office, at a customer site, or on the soccer field. SBS gives people the flexibility to work from anywhere.
SBS 2008 was designed for the needs of small businesses. Many larger organizations have the skills and resources ($$$) to set up and integrate all the right things to enable their workers to have secure access to their email, files, company intranet or necessary applications. Small businesses have similar needs for remote access don’t but have the same level of resources as larger companies. Therefore we did all of the hard integration work in the SBS 2008 solution, so remote access is available immediately once your server is set up. We enable this through a really simple to use feature called Remote Web Workplace. Remote Web Workplace (RWW) is essentially a web site page that provides a simple, single, secure entry point into your Small Business Server 2008 network. Authorized employees can connect to Remote Web Workplace using any device connected to the Internet. If you know how to surf the internet, you can use Remote Web Workplace.
What does that mean for your business? With SBS 2008 Remote Web Workplace enabled you and your employees can be connected and productive even while out of the office. SBS 2008 works great with Windows phones, so you can share, update, change and manage your calendar and email, view and update proposals or documents from your mobile device. Remote workers can use the internet from any device to access business information and applications, including e-mail, shared folders and files. They can even remotely connect to their desktop computer at the office. With Remote Web Workplace, anyone who needs to be offsite can enjoy a productive experience similar to their office counterparts.
Setting your business up with the infrastructure to support remote working may become a necessary fact of life for many small businesses. Between storms, illness, telecommuting and travel there are plenty of times that your employees may be unable to get into the office. Looking toward the future consider this statistic – according to a recent WorldatWork study, the number of full-time employees performing their jobs remotely at least part of the time rose 39 percent from 2006 through 2008, that equals approximately 17.2 million employees! If you have Small Business Server 2008 with Remote Web Workplace, your employees can be away from the office and keep the business running by staying connected and productive.
Many small businesses are benefiting from a server, even those with as few as 2 to 3 PCs and SBS 2008 was designed specifically for businesses with 75 or fewer PCs or users. If you’re interested you can try SBS 2008 today for free by visiting our product site.
SBS 2008 software can be purchased through a variety of channels such as Microsoft Small Business Specialists, retailers, or preinstalled on a server. Full solutions with server hardware can be purchased through a local system builder or major OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) such as Dell or HP for as little as $1,299. You can visit our product site for more information on “How to Buy SBS 2008” or visit one of our partners directly.
Boost your productivity and responsiveness with Windows Small Business Server 2008, whether you are out of the office, at home or on the road. Windows Small Business Server 2008 helps you stay plugged in and connected to your business.
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Let me tell you of a problem that I have found no solution for, and i am shocked that Microsfot hasnt addreesses the authentication problem from remote web workplace when you try and access a computer on a desktop! I have gone insane trying to find the info. NO luck,
the erroe is the login says its invalid, i can conncect to server but not any computer, and i am authorized to, and theiris no problem when im on the local network only when im outside
I can see my sbs2008 owa and it works. agendag only one day display. How can I week, month, year view of it?
To change the display timeframe from day to week or month, click the appropriate calendar icon just above the day/date bar on the top of the calendar. The options are Day, Work Week, Week and Month. For any further questions about specific support issues please visit the SBS community forum http://connect.microsoft.com/sbs08.
Michael, There are quite a few things that can go wrong with the scenario you mention.
(1) The computer may be off or sleeping
(2) The user account may not have remote desktop rights on the computer
(3) The computers firewall may not have gotten the policy to open the remote access ports on it
For any further questions about specific support issues please visit the following resources:
The SBS 08 forums
General SBS newsgroups (including SBS 2003) can be found here:
This is one of the features I enjoy the most out of SBS. Open specific ports then I can allow my remote technicians in to grab their email from anywhere or hop on SharePoint to check things like if a discount is active. It's also a sample site to show customers on how SBS can work for them. Very cool stuff guys!