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Windows Essential Business Server 2008…

April 5, 2010

Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008 is a new server suite whose purpose is to provide, in one integrated installation, all the essential networking services needed to run a medium-size business. (A medium-size business is defined as one with approximately 50 to 300 computers.) These core networking services include a centralized management platform, an Active Directory domain with two domain controllers, e-mail and e-mail security, a firewall, an update infrastructure, Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), remote administration, monitoring, and many other features.

The Windows EBS suite includes the following component product technologies from Microsoft:

n Windows Server 2008 All Windows EBS servers run on Windows Server 2008

Standard Edition.

n Exchange Server 2007 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition provides advanced e-mail and calendar functionality to Windows EBS networks.

n Forefront Security for Exchange Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server helps protect the Windows EBS environment from viruses, worms, and spam. Forefront Security for Exchange uses multiple antivirus engines to provide layered protection against e-mail–based threats.

n Forefront Threat Management Gateway (Formerly Internet Security and Acceleration [ISA] Server), Medium Business Edition Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) is an integrated edge security gateway that helps protect the Windows EBS network against Internet-based threats. In addition, through Web caching functionality, this product also provides users fast and secure remote access to applications and data.

n System Center Essentials 2007 System Center Essentials is a management product designed to help IT professionals manage their networks with greatly increased ease and efficiency.

n SQL Server 2008 (Windows EBS Premium Edition only), Standard Edition Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is a robust database server as well as a comprehensive data management and analysis software solution.

Windows EBS Standard Edition is installed on three physical servers. Each of these three EBS servers is named after its primary role in the network:

n Management Server Centralizes the management of your Windows Essential Business Server network. Enables and manages key network services.

n Security Server Helps manage security, Internet access, and remote access. This server includes two network cards and typically is connected directly to the Internet.

n Messaging Server Provides messaging capabilities and manages additional network services.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Windows EBS has a fairly strict set of hardware requirements. To begin with, Windows EBS is only available as a 64-bit operating system; your server hardware must have a 64-bit processor to install and use Windows EBS. In addition, all server hardware should meet the requirements established for the Windows Server 2008 Logo Program for Systems. (You can learn more about these requirements by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/hwrequirements.mspx.) The following sections provide specific information about the CPU, memory, and hard disk requirements for the Windows EBS servers.

Processor Requirements

Note the following minimum CPU requirements for Windows EBS:

n Systems with a single-core CPU x64 processor with a 2.5-GHz minimum clock speed

n Systems with a multi-core CPU x64 processor with a 1.5-GHz minimum clock speed

n Systems with multiple physical CPUs x64 processor with a 1.5-GHz minimum clock speed

RAM Requirements

The following figures represent the minimum RAM requirements for the Windows EBS servers:

n Management Server 4 GB of RAM

n Security Server 2 GB of RAM

n Messaging Server 4 GB of RAM

Volume and Hard Disk Configuration

Note the following volume requirements for each of the three Windows EBS servers:

n Management Server

• System volume: Minimum of 50 GB of free disk space

• Data volume: Minimum of 30 GB of free disk space

n Security Server

• System volume: Minimum of 50 GB of free disk space

• Data volume: Minimum of 10 GB of free disk space

n Messaging Server

• System volume: Minimum of 50 GB of free disk space

• Data volume: Minimum of 20 GB of free disk space

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