SBS 2008 book is here!

With great pleasure – I am delighted to announce my Small Business Server 2008 book (SBS) is here. This was once again a labor of love for the SBS community and I hope that you enjoy it!

More details at and I’ve posted some stuff here:

Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 Blueprint

By Philip Elder and Harry Brelsford

SMB Nation Press, January 2009

ISBN10: 0-9770949-9-5

ISBN13: 978-0-9770949-9-8

Price $59.95

Pages 600



This ready guide to Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) product, now part of the Windows Essential Server Solutions family, is grounded in the real world and based on practical experience.  As your blueprint, this book teaches you the “SBS” way! By using a structured deployment methodology and completing the step-by-step procedures, you will set up a secure SBS 2008 network for a sample small business – the perfect way to properly implement SBS 2008.


This introductory/intermediate volume allows you to gain competency as an SBSer in:

·         Windows Server 2008

·         Exchange Server 2007

·         Third-party security solutions: firewall, anti-virus, and more

·         Remote Web Workplace

·         SQL Server 2008

·         Windows SharePoint Services

·         Faxing

·         SBS 2008 administration and troubleshooting

·         SBS Consoles

·         Monitoring SBS 2008

·         Office Live and other hosted components

·         Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual SBS 2008 tasks


You will also learn how to centrally control and manage Windows Vista and Windows XP desktops.


Blueprint Pathways


Follow these fundamental blueprint paths to insure maximum SBS 2008 success using the content in this book:

·         Plan, deploy, configure, and customize SBS 2008 using a tested methodology

·         Support collaboration between workers

·         Implement and encourage the use of remote working and mobility

·         Protect the SBS 2008 network from security threats

·         Back up and protect data using native and third-party tools

·         Encourage and foster better communications with e-mail based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

·         Automate management by using Group Policy Objects


Chapter Description


1.       Welcome to SBS 2008

2.       Small Business Server 2008 Design and Planning

3.       Small Business Server 2008 Installation

4.       Introduction to the SBS Consoles

5.       SBS 2008 Deployment


Small Business Server 2008 Photo Essay



6.       Standard Security in SBS 2008

7.       Messaging with Exchange Server 2007 and Outlook 2007

8.       Collaboration with Windows SharePoint Services

9.       Mobility and Remote Connectivity

10.   Faxing and Print

11.   Internet and the Web (RWW, Office Live)



12.   Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual Tasks

13.   Monitoring Small Business Server 2008



14.   Advanced Security

15.   Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition (LOB, SQL)


Front Matter



Appendix A: SBS Resources

Appendix Z: Book Configurations


Back Cover Test



Small Business Server 2008 Blueprint is written from a strong, third-party viewpoint.  This independent view insures you get the straight story on the popular SBS product, now in its 5th major release as the 2008 version.  You also benefit from the author’s broader SBS 2008 ecosystem conversation, which allows you to make the best decisions when you supplement your SBS 2008 network with third-party security, managed services and monitoring solutions.


About the Authors

Two authors have teamed together to deliver Small Business Server 2008 Blueprint into your hands:


·         Canadian Philip Elder, a well-known SBSer and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for SBS, is cofounder of MPECS, Inc. in Saint Albert, Calgary.


·         Harry Brelsford is the CEO of SMB Nation and the author of more than 15 books relating to small- and medium-business technology consulting – including several books on past versions of SBS.


Both authors have extensive SBS experience dating back to the start of the product life cycle in 1997.


Change your life with SBS 2008

Technology is often responsible for making businesses more efficient and profitable.  SBS 2008 takes small businesses to the next level of productivity.  Read this book and catch the SBS 2008 wave!


Ships early February – Reserve your copy now!

Price: $59.95


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