Use the Correct Windows Small Business Server Template

This comes from Microsoft’s document on how to secure your SBS network which I thought was a good example of how SBS makes it easier to deploy and manage a small business network. Take note that all templates allow users to connect remotely — which comes from Microsoft’s philosophy of empowerment .

 

Windows SBS 2003 comes with predefined templates that are designed to give users only the level of access they need. For example, user accounts that are based on the User template do not have remote access to the local network by using a VPN connection, but user accounts based on the Mobile User template do have this access. The four templates are as follows:

Template Names and Descriptions

Template Name

Description

User

Accounts based on this template have access to shared folders, printers and faxes, e-mail, and the Internet. Accounts assigned this template can access the local network from a remote location by using Remote Web Workplace. Additionally, user accounts assigned with this template can open a Remote Desktop Connection to a computer that is running Windows XP Professional but not to a computer that is running Windows SBS 2003.

Mobile User

Accounts based on this template have all the permissions of the User template and can also access the local network from a remote location using Remote Web Workplace or a remote access connection.

Power User

Accounts based on this template have all the permissions of the Mobile User template and can also perform delegated management tasks. A Power User can log on remotely, but not locally, to a computer that is running Windows SBS 2003.

Administrator

Accounts based on this template have unrestricted system access to the Windows SBS network.

 

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