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[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Shawn Sullivan, Gagan Mehra, and Sabir Chandwale from Commercial Technical Support]
SharePoint Services have been an integral part of Small Business product line since SBS 2003. It serves as a secure web based collaboration platform that is easy to deploy, maintain, and protect. Among the standard features that have been available since the 2003 days are:
Historically, SBS 2003 and later has always deployed the latest freely downloadable edition of SharePoint at the time of product release. The benefit that SBS provides is that it automatically installs Sharepoint during initial setup and creates team homepage that is ready for immediate use for internal users. This involves several configuration tasks in IIS, DNS, Active Directory, Sharepoint specific security objects, Exchange configuration, and fax configuration that would otherwise have to be completed manually by a skilled administrator.
Windows SharePoint Foundation 2010 is the version that ships with the new SBS 2011 Standard edition. Below are some changes within the SharePoint product itself that administrators of its predecessor, Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 on SBS 2008, should be aware of:
You can view the list of improvements in this version of Sharepoint at the following “What’s New” link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee518670.aspx
SharePoint 2010 Learning Resources: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=189312