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Installing windows small business server 2003

Posted by: John R.      12 Dec 2007 @ 11:49
Installing windows small business server 2003

I want to install Small Business Server 2003. I have done this once before. Last time I set up a domain and had a lot of trouble connecting the PC's and the Macs to that domain. Is it possible to install it without having a domain?

Really I just want to simplest setup I can in order to share files and printers.

I would be very grateful for any advice

Thanks

John

Reply by: wim w. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Rushden, NN10      18 Dec 2007 @ 11:18
RE: Installing windows small business server 2003

Waw :-)

SBS is very picky and strict.

If you simply want to share some files, you can just as well use Windows XP. The most reliable solution is either:
- a cheap NAS storage box with RAID1 configuration (check scan.co.uk,
http://www.scan.co.uk/search/search.asp?criteria=nas&Submit=Go)
- OpenBSD with Samba file sharing (for bigger companies)

With Friendly Regards,
Wim Wauters
pciqforums@unisoftdesign.co.uk

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Reply by: Jonathan R. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Birmingham, B48      10 Jan 2008 @ 13:37
RE: Installing windows small business server 2003

Hi John,
SBS2003 is a very powerful server platform, despite what some people might say. It offers not just file and print sharing, but remote access, powerful Exchange email server (including remote email and email on your mobile), and a central point for things like Windows Updates and Antivirus management - can you tell that I am a great believer in SBS?

If you want to continue with SBS (and I would definately recommend doing so if you have more than about 4 users on the network), then it is definately worth getting to know it better. Some of the REQUIREMENTS of SBS are that the server is installed as a domain controller, so really the answer to your question from that sense is NO. You would need to purchase Windows Server 2003 Standard Server, and thus new CALs for it.

Adding Windows 2000 and XP (pro) clients to the domain should be fairly easy, if you understand how it all works. Macs are slightly more complex but it is still achievable, and I believe it is easier to connect a Mac to an SBS network than a 'Vanilla' Windows Server 2003 domain.

If you are interested, I'd be happy to discuss setting up and potentially maintaining this server for you, or in fact any of your server-related questions.

Please let me know if you would like any further information from me.

Jon

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