Windows Small Business Server SBS 2003: A Clear and Concise Administrator's Reference and How-To
By Stephanie Knecht-Thurmann
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: August 2005
Pages: 520

In Detail

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 is the fourth release of the all-in-one server solution from Microsoft. By combining all of the commonly used servers into a single package, Microsoft makes it easier and cheaper for small business and branch offices to run a fully featured network. The basic version of SBS contains a file server for shared and central document and data storage; Exchange email server; Sharepoint services for team collaboration; Internet Security Server for safe connections to the Internet. The Premium edition has the SQL Server 2000 database server installed.

Despite its name and pricing, SBS is actually a very powerful tool capable of supporting workgroups up to 75 users in a range of complex tasks. At the entry level it can be set up and configured to run a small office with a limited range of server requirements. At the advanced level it can delivery a complete range of services to up to 75 users.

This book is aimed at in-house administrators and IT specialists responsible for all aspects of network administration and support, working in offices and organisations for which the all-in-one SBS solution makes sense. It covers each of the services provided in the SBS package. For each server, the most common tasks are walked through step-by-step. Each step is carefully explained and clearly illustrated. The approach is logical and easy to follow.

Microsoft Small Business Server is a comprehensive and powerful one machine server solution with a broad range of services. Whether you are an experienced sysadmin or an experienced user stepping up to servers for the first time, you???ll need to navigate a quick and efficient route through both the software itself and the giant body of official documentation. This 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 is comprehensive in its coverage of all the features of SBS 2003, but lean and effective in its style. All the common admin tasks are outlined and step-by-step instructions are given. Everything that you need to get the job done and move on is included in the book.

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This book is the perfect complement to Microsoft???s exhaustive and exhausting official documentation. In one focused volume all the common tasks are explained and step by step intructions provided. The emphasis is on solving problems quickly and effectively without having to rake over the knowledge bases or trawl through pages of side chat. Any underlying technology and structure issues are explained at the right level of detail to ground actions in understanding.

Who this book is for

This unique task-based approach makes the book ideal as a step-by-step introduction for the IT specialist moving into network adminstration 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. It is probably not suitable for a beginner with no previous OS experience.

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