The Windows 7 Professional pack for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Add-In will now be available for free download through Microsoft's Download Center, as of Friday August 12th, announced SBS blog.
"The Windows 7 Pro Pack is a free add-in designed exclusively for SBS 2011 Essentials. It's easy to set up and manage, especially with limited IT skills and resources, and was designed to improve and further the interoperability between these two products, thus providing small organizations with a best of class solution for IT security and protection," informs SBS team.
"The Pro Pack can be quickly deployed in each Windows 7 Professional computer in the domain from the "Computers and Backup" tab in the Dashboard, and it allows administrators to deploy pre-configured security settings, folder redirection and offline files. The group policies apply to all SBS domain users running Windows 7 Professional or higher."
"With the Pro Pack our customers can easily deploy pre-configured security settings across several different areas like allowing Windows Update to install the latest security patches and critical updates, using Windows Defender to protect against malware attacks and preventing users from exposing the network to attack by enforcing the use of Windows Firewall," SBS team stated.
SBS team said that "Many small business users are also used to working without a server and storing all their business critical and sensitive information on their local computers. This habit increases the risk of losing critical data, should the local computer be lost or should it suffer a critical hardware malfunction. While SBS 2011 Essentials provides full client backup out of the box, this solution may not meet the needs for mobile or laptop users who take the PC's out of the office. Client backup relies on having the PC on the local domain during the backup window (usually after business hours)."
"With folder redirection the Pro Pack helps small businesses protect the data stored on their client computers. Folder redirection is designed to allow users to continue working in the same way saving their data in real time on their client computer, but reduces the risk of data loss by having the most important data on a particular computer automatically redirected, stored and protected on the server (when on the local domain). This way, even if the client computer is lost or suffers critical damage, is it still possible to access the latest set of data on the server when the client has not been backed up recently. Best of all, when users edit local data when away from the network, any small business can ensure that when the PC is back on the local network, updated information is immediately replicated to the server and protected," the SBS team added.
To know more about the Windows 7 Pro Pack, watch the video demo right below:
You will be able to download Windows 7 Pro Pack for SBS 2011 Essentials using this link (right now its only leading to Download center, we will later update the link with actual download link when it's available).
[Source: SBS Team blog]