Today is a special day, because not one, but TWO products make it to public beta. The Small Business Server mystery sku known as “Aurora” and the next public beta of the Home Server sku, known as “Vail”. It’s official once it’s on the official blog!
Vail, you’re probably familiar with (if not just a little bit) as it’s been in public beta for a while, but this version has more stuff! For example, you can now change users passwords, or set a password policy, or even change the password of the home server! An a lot of the bugs and reports that you, our beta testers have submitted, are now fixed
Aurora is the new server, you’re probably not familiar with
Aurora is a light weight version that provides the essentials of what a business needs. You know, data security, protection, backup, access. All that good stuff. You might notice that Vail and Aurora have similar consoles, that’s on purpose. The base platform of the system is similar in nature, but Aurora uses the Active Directory to store it’s users so you can have that single sign-on and user management experience you’ve become familiar with in a business. It also has shares, and PC backup, and the familiar remote access webpage, now coined “Remote Web Access”.
I’m planning on a series of posts over the next week to get you acquainted with “Aurora”, but for now, you should get started!
As always, Aurora is available over on the Microsoft Connect Website, and so is Vail. Remember to test it out, beat it up, and file those bugs. Now’s the time to make sure your business or customer’s business can be fully operational on Aurora, so let us know if it’s not, we want to hear from you!