Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is a new edition of Windows Small Business Server that introduces cross-premise functionality, providing small businesses with on-premise file and print, security, backup, remote access, and identity management services, combined with optional off-premise services.

A Cross-Premise Small Business Solution

Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit product technologies to deliver a server environment well suited for most small businesses. The product technologies include:

Server Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 product technologies provide the core foundation of Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the most flexible and robust Windows Server operating system to date.

Network Monitoring and Protection: Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” monitors its own health status and the status of client computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, and Mac OS X version 10.5 and above. Health status notifies you of issues or problems related to computer backups, server storage, low disk space, and more.

Flexible Storage: Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” Drive Extender is a technology that simplifies server storage management. It enables you to easily expand the server’s storage capacity using internal and/or external hard drives of varying sizes and types, and it helps protect your data from many silent hard drive data errors.

For those of you interested in learning more about Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”, the beta is available via http://www.microsoft.com/sbs/en/us/beta.aspx  Check back for more updates on these next generation solutions that are going to change the ways Small Businesses do  business!