Advanced SBS 2003 BEst Practices book – how it is organized

Happy Turkey Day to the US readers! I am posting up my daily virtual book reading and this passage is from the Preface on how the book is organized. Enjoy!

How This Book Is Organized

Not surprisingly, this book is organized into sections that reflect the book’s mission. While the devil is in the details (and those details are outlined in the Table of Contents), following is the general organizational context of the sections in this volume.

Section One: Deployment

The fact of the matter is that everyone regardless of skill level, even those of you who are hardened SBSers, should honor the “essentials” discussed in the first five chapters of this text. The first chapter touches on advanced SBS 2003 planning issues that are current and relevant today. This is followed by a strong chapter about hardware issues that affect SBS and small businesses. Next, a chapter about licensing, a subject about which an entire book could be written. Then comes a chapter about advanced setup and deployment, picking up on these issues where other SBS 2003 books leave off. Finally, the section about essentials closes with a chapter that highlights third-party tools you can use for advanced administration of SBS.

Section Two: SBS 2003 Utilzation

After you have your SBS 2003 infrastructure solidly in place, it’s natural to commence the ascent to the application level. SBS delivers several critical applications such as Exchange, Windows SharePoint Services, and SQL Server. Section Two, consisting of Chapters 6 through 10, discusses these applications at length, and also explores functionality specific to SBS including the Remote Web Workplace feature and the many faxing options available in SBS.

Section Three: SBS 2003 Security

Could you really have an advanced technology book without a security section? The answer of course is nada, nyet, NOT! Two of the great security gurus in the industry have teamed to deliver the two chapters in this section (Chapters 11 and 12) that provide two different viewpoints on security. This is the “payoff section” for many readers, the primary reason many of you purchased this book— and I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Section Four: SBS 2003 Advanced Topics

This section addresses an area related to advanced SBS 2003 that, during the early planning stages of this book, particularly represented a dearth for available information. Readers were screaming for more guidance about monitoring, migration, and disaster recovery. The writers assigned to the chapters in this section (Chapters 13–15) were eager to respond to this unmet need, and the result is what will prove to be another “payoff section” for many readers.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (

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

PS – did you know my Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is almost here? Yes!


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