Completing the SBS 2003 Setup – book excerpt

Hi gang, today’s installment from the SBS 2003 Best Practices book is to complete the core installation of SBS. Enjoy!


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation,

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23.       After a reboot and some final configuration activity, the Component Selection page appears as seen in Figure 3-20. Note that you could redirect the installation path for the applications if you so desired. Click Next.

Figure 3-20

This is your chance to make decisions about the installation location of the core SBS applications.

BEST PRACTICE: Revisit Table 1-1 in Chapter 1 if you need to refresh your memory about what each SBS component is and does. For example, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is the messaging program in SBS.

BEST PRACTICE: Did you notice the Shared Fax Service was selected by default and installed whether or not you have a modem attached? This is true in SBS 2003 and a major improvement compared to past

SBS 4.x releases where a modem detection issues could kill the whole party (this great sans modem capability also existed in SBS 2000).

And the older-timers would again notice the Shared Modem Service is absent (it’s no longer part of SBS 2003).

24.       Next up is the Data Folders screen. You will redirect some of the components to Drive D as part of the SPRINGERS methodology. The User Shared Folders, Sent Faxes, and Exchange Store will be redirected to Drive D. But the Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE), Cli­ent Applications folder, and Exchange Transaction Logs will remain on Drive C. Note that I consider the Exchange Transaction Logs to be part of the application and not the data. Your screen should look similar to Figure 3-21. To change the location of a folder, select Modify Location, erase the first term “C” on the far left of the path in the Enter the path below field, and replace it with the term “D” for Drive D. Click OK and when you receive a notice that the path doesn’t exist and a question as it whether it’s okay to create it, click Yes. After redirecting the data folder paths, click Next.

Figure 3-21

Redirect data paths.

BEST PRACTICE: By the way, there is a school of thought that the Exchange store and transaction logs should be on two physically separate drives as a recoverability best practice. This is more enterprise thinking than I need to delve into here, but the point is well taken and you should consult some of the great advanced Exchange texts at your local technical bookstore. Note that my having you redirect the Exchange store to Drive D is not technically the equivalent of separating the Exchange store and transaction logs. Why? Because drives C and D are simply partitioned on the same RAID 5 array and aren’t truly separate physical disks.

25.       The Component Summary page appears, allowing you to confirm or change your settings one last time (Figure 3-22). Click Next. The heavy lifting on installing SBS 2003 occurs here as the application installation process takes off, displayed in Figure 3-23.

Figure 3-22

This is your last chance to make changes to your selections before the heavy lifting commences.

BEST PRACTICE: Those of you who are “old-timers” should recognize that the last few steps of the SBS setup process are much leaner than SBS 2000, where there were several more screens. Some of this has occurred because wizard pages have been consolidated. This also appears to be the case because ISA Server 2000 and SQL Server 2000 weren’t installed by default (this chapter is demonstrating the standard edition of SBS 2003). In the last section of the book, which is dedicated to the premium edition of SBS 2003, I speak to installing the premium applications. Also—my Advanced SBS 2003 text due in mid-2004 will address the premium edition in much greater detail.

Figure 3-23

This is the heavy lifting!

26. When requested, insert Disc 2. Click OK.

BEST PRACTICE: Now go to lunch, friend! Disc 2 in the SBS 2003 setup process is primarily focused on Exchange Server 2003 and the Active Directory modifications can take upwards of 30 minutes in an unattended mode! This is shown in Figure 3-24. See you back here soon.

Figure 3-24

Exchange modifies Active Directory here during setup.

Okay, so you’re back. Note when you return it’s likely that the server machine console was “locked” as a security best practice, because there was no mouse or keyboard activity for a significant amount of time. Perform the logon sequence (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and type in the Administrator’s password of Husky9999!.

27. When requested, insert Disc 3. Click OK.

28. When requested, insert Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 CD (which

is effectively Disc 4) and click OK. This is shown in Figure 3-25. Figure 3-25

This is the fourth disc from the SBS 2003 disc media.


29. The Finishing Your Installation page will appear as seen in

Figure 3-26. Click Finish. Figure 3-26

You’re basically finished and just about to start the configuration of SBS 2003.



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