SBS 2003 Quick Hardware List [Advanced Small Business Server 2003 Best Practice book excerpt]

Hiya folks – harryb here. I am the c0-author and publisher of the Advanced SBS 2003 book. Needless to say – I like to share this information in the form of a virtual book reading – so please enjoy 🙂

Select Hardware Reminder List

Select a modern processor

Either Intel’s Xeon DP or AMD’s Opteron 240 and higher work well in medium-sized servers. A

Pentium 4 or Athlon 64 would also work.

Choose memory capacity

Modern platforms employ dual- channel memory. Opt either for

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51 2 MB or 1 GB of RAM split across two modules.


Regardless of whether you choose SATA or SCSI, protect against hard­ware failure by using a striped array.


Spend time evaluating the benefits of tape drives, external hard drives, and optical storage. Choose the option that best fits your application.


Just because Gigabit Ethernet is the flavor of the day, don’t rule out wireless networking in environments that seem particularly suited for it.


Unless you’re configuring a workstation, don’t worry about discrete graphics. Most server motherboards include an older, stable graphics chip.

Other considerations

In order to maximize uptime, I recommend battery backup and redundant power supplies, on top of the standard data backup routines.


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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