Lately I’ve been doing some work in Win2k8 RC0 and when you work on “big server” platforms, you forget all the little things that you take for granted on SBS that .. are just there. When you fire up Win2k8 Enterprise and look in the group policy management console, the first thing you will notice that it’s a blank slate. And I do mean a blank slate.
Now while some would say “Oh this is cool as i can set it up the way I want to”, I’d argue that there are efficiencies because I’m not having to reinvent the wheel.
Firewall policies for Vista and XP are preconfigured.
WSUS policies in place already.
The foundations are built for you.
And I strongly feel that if SBS ‘fits’ the small business, you are doing them a disservice if you choose the regular server platform.
Does it fit in all places? No. But when it does..and you don’t install it.. man you are doing a client a disservice.