Monthly and Annual SBS 2003 Quick Hitters [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Good sunday morning to you. I am Harry Brelsford, author fo the purple Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book. Several times per week, I hold a virtual book reading where I post up passages from the SBS 2003 issive for my fellow SBSers.

Today the virtual book reading concerns Monthly and Annual tasks (aka quick hitters) for you to consider in running your SBS 2003 network and consulting practice.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

Monthly and Annual Quick Hitters

          Raj’s methodology papers. There is a program manager at Microsoft named Raj who is the catalyst behind a series of SMB methodology papers that pay special attention to SBS 2003. These papers range from prescriptive guidance on how to implement the SBS networking infra­structure (present company excepted) to integrating Windows Storage Server in an SBS 2003 environment when you have large storage needs (my favorite paper). Download the Infrastructure Solutions for Small and Medium Business – Small IT Solution from http:// as seen in Figure 11-17.

Chapter 11 Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual Tasks

Figure 11-17

Excellent methodology information here!

                      SBS 2003 Licensing. Whew! Time to punt on this topic. You need to learn more about licensing the following two ways. First, visit the pri­mary SBS 2003 Web sites mentioned in Appendix A (the Microsoft Partners site has the best licensing discussion!). Then attend a Microsoft TS2 event where licensing is explained (

                      Adding Value (CRM, Retail). SBS 2003 is a platform that is the foun­dation for business solutions. So you can imagine it wasn’t a huge leap for Microsoft to bundle some of its business solutions with SBS 2003. As of this writing, there are two such bundles: Microsoft Retail Man­agement System and Microsoft CRM 1.2. Word has it that you’ll see a plethora of such bundles going forward.

                      ERD and ASRW. Just when you thought the emergency repair disk had gone the way of Microsoft Bob, you discover the NTBackup pro­gram (Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Backup) has


 Visit for the latest updates for any Microsoft product.

a link on its Welcome tab for Automated System Recovery Wizard. This is central to your ability to recover a crashed SBS 2003 server machine.

BEST PRACTICE: Read the white paper “Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003” accessed from the Technical Resources – Product Documentation link from the main Microsoft SBS site (links in Appendix A).

          SMB Nation. A shameless plug to encourage you to attend the SMB Nation annual conference that focuses on SBS 2003 and beyond! Visit


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