I have arrived here after many months searching, lurking.
I am not a developer, but one of the many small business owners looking for a MS SBS replacement.
I have a small family run electronics design and manufacturing business. My day job is PCB layout and assembly.
I am also the I.T department with a little knowledge and zero budget.
The need for SBS replacement is now critical due to aging hardware, no support, SHA1 depreciation etc.
We currently run MS SBS2011 on an old Dell 2950
File storage is handled by Synology D412+ NAS
11 users running Office 2013 for general docs and email, with a couple of CAD machines.
The MS upgrade path from SBS could run into £1000's, that I don't have, but at the same time I need a reliable, secure system.
As a recommendation from a third party IT support company, I was on the verge of signing a contract for an Igaware box with Zarafa doing the Exchange function. My confidence took a knock, when I found out that Zarafa had dropped Outlook support, so stated looking again, and found NethServer.
We are just about to set up a trial server to see if NS will do everything thing we need. Our needs are very basic, so I cannot see why NS should not be suitable. The only sticking point would be email, as we are kind of stuck to Outlook as a client. I have tried to introduce alternatives to MS in the past, Open Office, Thunbderbird etc and was greeted with a lot of moans and groans from the users.
Looking forward to trying NS and giving feedback, even if it is mostly from a users point of view.