Windows Small Business Server 2003: A Clear and Concise Administrator’s Reference and How-To

Posted on January 8, 2009 by Daniel Petri in Windows Server 2003 with 0 Comments

Windows Small Business Server 2003: A Clear and Concise Administrator’s Reference and How-To

Many small to medium sized companies that are looking into software solutions for their network operating systems are looking towards the direction of Microsoft Small Business Server 2003. SBS 2003, made to fit companies with 75 users or less, is a one-machine server solution with a broad range of services, all in one box. These services include Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, SQL Server, ISA Server, a Fax Server and more.

Although many regard the setting-up and maintenance of SBS as a non-knowledge intensive task made easy by the abundance of wizards and setup shortcuts, the truth behind the scenes is in fact harder to swallow. While an eager self-taught wannabe administrator can in fact set up SBS in less than a day’s work, the real pain comes in the shape of all the hidden settings, tweaking, network and server configurations, mobility and connectivity issues and other common tasks. These tasks can pose great difficulty for those who lack the in-depth technical skills that a network maintenance task requires.

In order to navigate a through the software documentation and features one needs a good reference guide, one that will not only help in performing the most basic tasks, but also will dive into those hidden corners of the system and allow the administrator more control over the operating system and its services.

Windows Small Business Server SBS 2003: A Clear and Concise Administrator’s Reference and How-To by Stephanie Knecht-Thurmann is indeed an impressive guide. The book is the perfect companion to keep with you as you set up the system initially, maintain it day to day, and troubleshoot the various issues that arise.

The book, written by Stephanie Knecht-Thurmann – a German IT consultant and technical writer –  is comprehensive in its coverage of all the features of SBS 2003. Written in a clear and confident language, the author is effective in outlining step-by-step instructions for all the common tasks that the administrator is required to know of. These are carefully explained and step by step instructions are provided.

Although not too technical and dry to swallow, underlying technology and structure issues are explained just at the right level of detail. Each step is carefully explained and clearly illustrated. The approach is logical and easy to follow. However, since not all the fundamental terms and technologies are covered, I wouldn’t recommend the book as a first reading for beginners or otherwise inexperienced in-house administrators.

All the features of Small Business Server are addressed, including:

  • Initial Installation and configuration, File server set up
  • Upgrading and migration from both SBS and Windows Server
  • Coverage of Active Directory
  • Exchange email and fax services
  • Sharepoint services

This unique task-based approach makes the book ideal as a step-by-step introduction for the IT specialist moving into network administration for the first time and as a results focused reference for the seasoned admin with a specific job to do. The book is lean and focused in style, but the scope is comprehensive. The book will definitely help the IT staff or an administrator familiar with Windows Server 2003 get SBS 2003 up and running very quickly.

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