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Developing Microsoft ® Windows ® Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS 2003 R2). Michael Jenkin MVP, MCP, SB Specialist IT Manager and Senior Engineer Copyworld Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – Small Business Server
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IT Manager and Senior Engineer Copyworld
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – Small Business Server
Asia Pacific Council Member for Culminis (I.T. professional Support Group)
So I know, live and breath SBS server
As you are about to See, Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) has many
facilities and resources based in Development. It is also very Client (End
user/workstation) orientated. Due to this, I have been involved with
In addition, at University I was previously involved with
So I have some understanding where SBS fits with Development
Do you have either
SBS Premium R2 is in the pack. You have it!
Lets talk about a chance meeting with C+ MVP Christian G.
Why was Christian so excited to try out the product ?
Why did he pound the Newsgroups looking for SBS
I hope I can help you see the power and oportunity!
SBS can form the basis of
For a client it is a cheap and easy to install. For you it is an
all round back end development server (And runs well in
Virtual PC for lab testing or environment emulation)
SBS forms the perfect Programming base for you to test server and client side applications. It has it all in one tidy easy to install application.
In some of my testing, I ran two virtual PC’s on my workstation. One was the SBS server, the other a Windows XP Domain client. A prefect harmony for testing.
SBS is widely supported and the support mechanisms are developer friendly. (Just Ask!)
Did you know most of the market out there is Small Business ?
Depending on the nation/country, it is usually 90% to 95% of registered
Small Business need tools, add-ons, customisations and developers who know
SBS and can make tools and even wizards. They don’t have time to fool
SBS is not the same as normal server. Developers need to know the limitations
or sometimes, the advantages and the collection of tools over and above
Windows 2003 server.
Major development companies have built their whole business on
SBS gives everything to you to start playing with these things.
End users are buying these tools. Jobs are created. People extend Skill sets.
Yes, Small businesses are not the 100% of business.
There are bigger seat numbers in Corporate, government etc sectors.
But there is a smaller quantity of bigger companies and they take longer to
discuss, test, compare and implement.
Don’t look at SBS as a one stop shop for making everyone happy. It is an
untapped source of goodness that is waiting for people to start to learn about it
and extend it.
The best way to do this is to install it. See if it fits with you, your work and style.
Absolutely not !
Microsoft developed it with the end user in mind. The wizards are astounding and a full server can be built with minimal fuss. If you do have a problem, someone will be there to help.
You can concentrate on your developing once it is in. It self maintains, self updates, alerts you to issues and then the solution, is usually a wizard.
If you use it, you can pass your knowledge onto your clients.
At Copyworld, we make use of item’s like:
Active Directory, VPN and dial-in server, Desktop faxing, DNS, WINS, DHCP, The ISA firewall, Server publishing, Volume shadow copy system recovery, Distributed file system, SQL, Exchange, Remote Web Workplace, Remote Email, Outlook over RPC, Remote Desktop, System reports and Alerts, Wsus, Intranet and much more ….
Our clients are always looking to push their servers further, you can write the
tools they need.
Small Business server 2003 and 2003 R2 does not support Windows 9x, NT or Me.
The old SBS 2000 Shared Modem services has been removed.
It supports a maximum of 75 users or seats, the server does not support domain trusts (but can have multiple domain controllers with the SBS servers as the Root server). No other SBS server or alternate domain controller can be on the same network segment
SBS uses Exchange STD which is limited to 75 Gb email stores. SQL is provided in the form of the Workgroup 2005 edition. All the SBS applications must be installed onto the server (It is finely tuned for this to all work).
The server only supports 2 x CPU’s (4 x Virtual) and 4 Gb ram.
The domain limits again were (in more detail)
servers can be added later.
remote offices that are part of the same SBS 2003 R2 domain.
To play with SBS, even in a virtual server context,
I recommend minimum 1.5 Gb ram (I prefer 3 Gb), 2 Ghz processor and 50 Gb hard drive space.
SBS was released as SBS 2003, Then SBS 2003 Sp1 and now SBS R2.
(WE – Workgroup Edition)
This is not Windows 2003 R2. SBS R2 is not based on Windows server R2.
They have a similar name, that is the only similarity.
The premium edition additionally has
The biggest and most appreciated upgrade was the Windows Services update services.
This new inclusion has a wizard or installation, updating and deploying. No more need to update your workstations.
The product is very similar in design to all the other SBS wizards so lets walk through this one.
Yes, all the wizards are like this or even simpler
IMF = Intelligent mail filter antispam tool (loosely built around the rules used at Hotmail for reducing spam)
What is important to remember, is that key technologies from the Windows Server family have been added to SBS 2003 R2, including Windows Software Update Services 2.0 (WSUS) and SharePoint Services 2.0 SP2.
The difference between SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition and SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition caused quite a stir.
SBS 2003 R2 is 32-bit only. A 64-bit version is planned for the Longhorn timeframe; at that point, SBS will transition to the new code base and will no longer be available in 32-bit versions.
NB: You can still run SBS 2003 R2 on a 64-bit system in 32-bit compatibility mode.
Microsoft SBS Longhorn (code-named "Cougar" )
Presently no other information is available due to restrictions on press releases
and Non disclosure agreements.
Rest assured it will be a huge project and other types of servers are also being developed. (Ever thought about a server for the home market ?)
Centro for the Mid Market
When will "Centro" be available?
"Centro" is in the early stages of development, but Microsoft plans to make this solution available to customers soon after Windows Server "Longhorn" is available.
(As with all other products, at regular checkpoints, Microsoft will provide information broadly to customers, partners, and the industry)
General Product Information
Downloads and Product Updates
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Look to competitors / partners, Look to Microsoft Training Centres
Tools and utilities http://www.mickyj.com/Tools.htm
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(And many other MVP websites)
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