Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 is the fourth release of the all-in-one server solution from Microsoft. By combining all of the commonly used servers into a single package, Microsoft makes it easier and cheaper for small business and branch offices to run a fully featured network. The basic version of SBS contains a file server for shared and central document and data storage; Exchange email server; Sharepoint services for team collaboration; Internet Security Server for safe connections to the Internet. The Premium edition has the SQL Server 2000 database server installed.
Despite its name and pricing, SBS is actually a very powerful tool capable of supporting workgroups up to 75 users in a range of complex tasks. At the entry level it can be set up and configured to run a small office with a limited range of server requirements. At the advanced level it can delivery a complete range of services to up to 75 users.
This book is aimed at in-house administrators and IT specialists responsible for all aspects of network administration and support, working in offices and organisations for which the all-in-one SBS solution makes sense. It covers each of the services provided in the SBS package. For each server, the most common tasks are walked through step-by-step. Each step is carefully explained and clearly illustrated. The approach is logical and easy to follow.
This unique task-based approach makes the book ideal as a step-by-step introduction for the IT specialist moving into network adminstration for the first time and as a results focused reference for the seasoned admin with a specific job to do. The book is lean and focused in style, but the scope is comprehensive. It is probably not suitable for a beginner with no previous OS experience.
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