Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003
Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003
Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003
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<p>This is the fundamental, definitive reference to Microsoft Small Business Server 2003. And it is relevant for all audiences: for beginners just embracing the notion of computerizing their small businesses, to IT consultants specializing in SBS implementation and deployment.</p>

<p>The book focuses on pragmatic solutions, not drawn-out theoretical discussions. And author Jonathan Hassell is a recognized authority on Windows network administration, who smartly approaches the product objectively, without evangelizing. The chapters will steer you through installation, configuration, exploration, and support.</p>

About the Author

Jonathan Hassell is a systems administrator and IT consultant residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is currently employed by one of the largest departments on campus at North Carolina State University, supporting a computing environment that consists of Windows NT, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Sun Solaris, and HP-UX machines. Hassell has extensive experience in networking technologies and Internet connectivity. He currently runs his own web hosting business, Enable Hosting, based out of both Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina. <p>Jonathan’s previously published work includes <i>RADIUS</i>, which serves as a detailed guide to the RADIUS authentication protocol and offers suggestions for implementing RADIUS and overall network security.


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| 4 out of 5 Stars!


Best Primer and First-time Installation Guide for SBS Newbies

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My small technology company is relocating. We are completely rebuilding our network and server topology prior to moving to the new location. We have operated a specialized online service since 1983 that controls building automation systems at 140 client locations (large institutional buildings). We have sophisticated internal IT software and hardware engineering resources.

We bought seven SBS books from Amazon looking for an easy primer and guide for our first SBS installation efforts and also for other books to be used as authoritative references for later fine tuning. We have found in the past that a few days spent reading are needed to ensure an effective, low-maintenance installation of important IT infrastructure. (We use no outside services for software development or hardware maintenance and have a 1,000 volume technical library.)

We have selected this book as our SBS primer and first-time installation guide. We also liked the somewhat longer (and more theoretical) "Pro Windows Small Business Server 2003" but found this book spam problems can easily bring an otherwise faultlessly planned network to a halt. Although our internal network has been virtual unchanged for six years, we find it necessary to frequently upgrade our perimeter devices (router, firewall, Barracuda antispam) because of threats and also because of the increasing need for mobile connectivity.

In any case, this book will get you watching SBS live faster than any other, and you can grow in your knowledge from there.

Here is what we are doing.

We now have twelve servers and twenty-five workstations on a Windows 2000/2003 network with three Active Directory (Window's network directory) trees (namespaces) in our enterprise forest. Each tree has a single domain. For the last six years we have run ISA, IIS, Exchange, and SQL Server on four separate servers and each has a backup server. We also run two domain controllers on separate servers for each of our three domains. All of the servers are very lightly loaded, and we have a very robust infrastructure to support our 7X24 operations. We run Office on all workstations together with specialized line of business applications. We are heavy Internet consumers, email users, mobile device users, Intranet users, and remote control users (using GoToMyPC).

We found that we can easily reduce our topology to a single .com namespace with a single domain as required high level Dell with 4GB of memory and raid 1 (two drives, each mirroring the other). Minimum system requirements are far below this. We are looking forward to adding VPN remote networking and RWW (Remote Web Workplace) remote-control for offsite users with the services that are bundled in SBS, rpelacing third-party solutions for this remote connectivity.

Although SBS is restricted to a single domain and 75 users, there is no limit on the number of Windows 2000/2003 servers that can run within the domain; so, as we grow, any of the server products running on SBS can be moved to a separate server after purchase of a standalone copy of the application and the necessary user/device licenses.

| 4 out of 5 Stars!


Excellent book for someone getting started with SBS

  

Overall, I'd say that if you haven't read a book on SBS and are fairly new to the SBS 2003 Standard product, that this could be a good first book. If you have some experience under your belt and are using the server product yourself, you might find this to be a little too high an overview to be greatly valuable. I liked this book a LOT more than Brelsford's first book as a primer.

The title should be changed to be "Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition". There is almost no mention at all of ISA Server 2000 (or 2004 for that matter), and no mention made of SQL Server either. There isn't any effort made to justify an upgrade to Premium. A striking omission in my opinion.

Even having worked with SBS for almost 3 years now and having read almost every book on the market on SBS, I can't say I didn't get anything out of this volume, because I did. Some of the things I liked were: the walk through on setting up GPO's, getting PDF's to be indexed, and using FrontPage to customize SharePoint.

The book provides an introduction to the software and then walks through the process of installing the software. This is largely explanations of options as opposed to explaining why one option might be better than another. I'm not sure you'd get much out of this chapter that you couldn't get from the help files, which I might add, are very good.

Chapter 4 is titled "Exploring Windows Server 2003". And such it is. However, it fails to take into account the limitations of SBS, specifically that there are NO trusts with SBS. The discussion of forests was out of place and didn't even mention this limitation. I got the impression this chapter was lifted wholesale out of another writing and put in here without change. Other than that, it is a good review of file sharing, permissions and Group Policy.

Chapter 5 "Exploring Outlook 2003 and Exchange Server 2003" is a brief overview of the Outlook software and Exchange capabilities. There is a segment of the chapter which covers the SBS-specific aspects of Exchange: POP3 connector, Attachment and Content blocking (with a whole table of blocked extensions) and Multiple Stores. In the multiple stores section, the author writes that MS limited the SBS Exchange to 16G. This is not entirely accurate. SBS uses the Standard version of Exchange which has the same limit. It is not SBS specific. However, he discusses how to get around the limit which may be even more useful when Exchange Server SP2 comes out and changes the store size to 75G.

Chapter 6 "Windows SharePoint Services Techniques." I really liked this chapter. I thought it was a well rounded overview of some of the capabilities of SharePoint. Integrating it with an Access database, customizing views, using themes, and even modifying the Cascading Style Sheets using FrontPage 2003. He discusses how he uses SharePoint to assist his business processes, mentions another SBSer Chad Gross and his customizations and gives the reader a fairly broad overview of the technology. My favorite aspect of this chapter was the section on backup and restore options. A customized SharePoint installation gets to be such a huge investment in time that protecting it is a very important step.

Chapter 7 "Exploring SBS Standard Security" begins with a brief overview of security considerations. Hassell then continues with several tools used to secure the both the server and the clients: Security Templates, Security Configuration and Analysis, and Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. A discussion of securing clients then follows. Some of these explanations I found useful for why they needed to be in place. It made for interesting reading.

Chapter 8 "Using Remote Access Features" is a good overview of the remote access functionality. Remote Web Workplace, Outlook Web Access, Remote Desktop Connection and Virtual Private Networks are discussed. OMA was only briefly mentioned, but was in the chapter on Exchange.

Chapter 9 "The Shared Fax Service" is a walk-through of the basic fax functionality of the software. I don't use the fax capability very much, though it is a welcome set of functionality and this is a good overview of it.

Chapter 10 "Monitoring SBS Server Health and Performance" is a good overview of the capabilities of monitoring. Hassell discusses scheduling reports, understanding the reports, using error logs and setting up baselines. Overall a good introduction to the topic.

Chapter 11 "The Indexing Service" is a chapter that I can say that I have had very limited experience with. It was a very interesting read. I have yet to implement the functionality, but am intrigued by the concepts. I especially appreciated the section on indexing PDF's, a capability I have read about, but have yet to perform.

The index was 15 pages long and seemed rather thorough. I was able to find specific items with ease on the occasions I went back to reference things.

Of the Small Business Server 2003 books I have read so far, I would recommend this as a first volume to someone getting started with Small Business Server 2003. It provides a lot of information that will provide a good basis for getting started and help to understand the utility of SBS 2003 Standard. I think the Microsoft Administrator's companion probably provides more useful detail to get started with actually installing your server. The SBS Advanced Best Practices by Harry Brelsford and a slew of SBS MVP's would provide far more detail than this book, but is really aimed at a far more experienced audience which would already by familiar with the concepts from this book.

| 1 out of 5 Stars!


Just in the middle....

I purchased this book to help me configure SBS. Unfortunately, the information provided is just too general and high level for that purpose. The author has added a number of screenshots to illustrate the wizards. I don't think that the book adds much value over and beyond the information provided by the wizards.The book may be a reasonable buy if you consider purchasing SBS: the book provides somewhat of an overview of what SBS can do for your organization. However, the book provides very little what you could not easily and quickly obtain from the public domain.

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