Designing the application specificiation [Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book excerpt]

Hiya – I am the publisher of the above title and I am thrilled that I have the high honor of hosting a daily virtual book reading with you. This is accomplished by posting up a passage a day! This all relates to passing the 70-282 exam.

Design the Application Specification

Unfortunately, clients rarely give you much choice on this, as they usually
have already purchased the software with little thought about the hardware or

operating system it will be running on and expect you to make it all work. One

of the most overlooked issues concerns application compatibility.

Application Compatibility

Occasionally you will have the client who will have purchased SBS 2003 and new server hardware only to find out that his old proprietary application—for which he refused to pay the upgrade five years ago—will not be supported by the system. In this case you can always use virtual PC for the legacy application and still bring the rest of the network up to SBS 2003 and Windows XP SP2.

SQL Server 2000

When installing SQL Server 2000, you will be offered a chance to add a password for the system administrator logon. This is presented for backwards compatibility of earlier SQL versions and disabled while Windows authentication mode is used. Make sure to set a very strong SA logon password if SQL is configured for mixed-mode authentication. Mixed-mode authentication enables the SA logon, which uses a blank password by default.

IMPORTANT: Review the premium technologies setup documen­tation found on Disc 5 of the SBS 2003 premium product. Print it out and spend 10 minutes reviewing it at a high level so you have an appreciation for the design issues surrounding SQL Server 2000 and ISA Server 2000/2004.


SBS 2003 contains a much improved backup solution (which is featured in Chapter 8 of this book). However, if you decide to purchase a third-party backup program, make sure that it supports VSS (volume shadow copy service) so it can take advantage of VSS and use it to back up open files. Veritas Backup Exec 10 robustly supports SBS 2003 and addresses VSS and other features.

Chapter 4Designing a Business Technology Solution for a
Small- or Medium-Sized Business






Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

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

PS – did u know I host a technology conference in the New York City area each spring? Save the date for March 6-8, 2009 and watch “voice meet data” in the SMB space!

PPS – my SBS 2008 book will be out in mid-November 2008!

PPPS – my Microsoft Response Point Primer book is here NOW!


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