Extending SBS 2003 (Advanced SBS 2003 Best Practices book excerpt)

Folks – harryb here – publisher for the above text book. This is my virtual book reading where I post up a passage.

Extending Existing SBS 2003 Technologies

Advanced uses of SBS 2003 include extending native applications such as SharePoint. And while discussion of some of this area occurs in this book, the “extending SBS 2003” arena is so huge that I’m working on another book specifically on that topic. I and a team of SBSers are writing a book about extending SBS 2003 that will be out in early 2005 and that will allows SBSers and their respective stakeholders to go to the next level (extending SBS 2003). For that volume, Scott Colson is doing three chapters about CRM on SBS, and Amy Luby is writing two chapters about the Microsoft Retail Management System on SBS. We’ll also have chapters on Office 2003, BizTalk Server, numerous line-of-business applications, and business analysis and business intelligence tools.

I thought the Fall 2004 TS2 presentation, which I’ve cited several times previously, had an especially forward looking view of building the small business technology infrastructure beyond SBS 2003, as shown in Figure 1-12. This figure also reiterates the “extending” points I was trying to make in the last paragraph.

Figure 1-12

The SBS 2003 growth pyramid.


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Here the idea is to take advantage of a secure SBS 2003 network by laying Office 2003 functionality, line-of-business functionality, and even hardcore business analysis and business intelligence functionally on top of SBS 2003. That’s all harder than it looks, but you get the point.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (www.smbnation.com)

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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