As we are going along in the set up process of a new SBS 2011 VM we are discovering a number of new features that are enabled either in the base Windows 2008 R2 OS, or other components installed on SBS.
We are at the step in our setup guide, soon to be published for SBS 2011, where we install the Print Services Role on the server.
One of the options for installation with this role is the Distributed Scan Server role.
A bit of digging turned up the following:
Quoting from the above article:
Scan Management. This snap-in enables you to manage scanners and scan processes. Scan processes allow you to define how to process scanned documents, and then route them to network folders, SharePoint sites, and to e-mail recipients.
The Distributed Scan Server role requires scanners that support Distributed Scan Management (DSM). Windows Server 2008 R2 implements DSM and uses Web Services on Devices (WSD) technologies to integrate scanning devices into the system. As of October, 2010 there are no scanners available on the market that support DSM (emphasis ours). However, scanners that support DSM are expected in the future. For more information about DSM see Distributed Scan Management (DSM) in the MSDN Technical Library at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=204841.
What does that mean?
Well, since there are no devices supporting this service we will not be installing that role until we see our clients purchasing copiers or MFPs that support it.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book