Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) 2008 is a new product whose purpose is to dramatically simplify the configuration and administration of a medium-size business network. A multi-server product, Windows EBS is installed on three servers in Standard Edition and four in Premium Edition. Included in the package are many components—Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007, to name a few—which as part of Windows EBS are discounted 30 percent relative to the sum of their individual costs.

Windows EBS, however, is not just bundled software—far from it. First of all, the Windows EBS components are not installed separately but in a unified and integrated manner. This unified installation ...

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