Understanding Hardware in an SBS 2003 environment [Advanced SBS 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Howdy folks – harryb here – publisher of the Advanced SBS 2003 best practices book. Here is a virtual book reading with a passage for ya!

Generally when you talk to someone with a technical background, they quickly make it apparent whether their proficiency is in hardware or software; very rarely is it in both. Put two self-proclaimed software nuts in a room and they’ll banter for hours. Likewise with the hardware aficionados. Mixing hardware and software, however, is like mixing oil and water. In the case of the hardware and software gurus, it’s not that they don’t like each other; they just speak two different languages.

Yet deploying SBS 2003 requires the happy marriage of both software smarts and enough familiarity with hardware to ensure a long life of smooth operation. It could certainly be a two-person job if it needed to be, but there’s no reason to shy away from leveraging hardware as a means to generate revenue. It’s all a matter of understanding the technology from a low-enough level to explain its benefits and to zero in on the best components to create value. Moreover, taking the figurative hardware bull by the horns will help during your SBS planning stage, especially when it comes time to order hardware and have it all installed.

Fortunately, advances in technology over the past few years have driven the performance and functionality of hardware through the roof, while prices have fallen dramatically. It’s now entirely possible to build a mid-range server, complete with RAID, multi-threading, redundant power, and Gigabit Ethernet, for less than two thousand dollars. For business owners looking at technology that will persist over the next five years, today’s hardware scene is all about choices and saving money.


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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