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SBS - situation I'd like comments on

By jennyn ·
I have a client who need a server - probably with SBS 2k3. They have a volunteer (its a nonprofit) who is a PC tech with minimal network experience.

I put in a proposal for installation, including letting him work with me to learn, and even letting him play with the server for a week before the install so he can learn stuff.

But he wants to do the whole install by himself and is telling the manager that it will save them all the money if they don't have to use me.

I'm not attached to doing the work myself, but my opinion has been that since he has no server/nw background or training, I may end up having to fix his installation anyway.

My experience is with installing full version Server and exchange - not SBS.

Question: is SBS so simple an install that a PC tech with no server/domain experience and minimal peer-peer networking experience could do a successful install? or would that setup the organization for trouble?

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by CG IT In reply to SBS - situation I'd like ...

well my opinion is no. a tech newbie shouldn't install SBS. While the initial installation is quite easy with the wizards, SBS is an Active Directory environment with the same functionality as an enterprise level Active Directory environment sans the ability to assign roles and create trusts. Therefore SBS requires additional configuration than just installation.

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by CG IT In reply to

remember SBS is an all-on-one box- enterprise level Active Directory Services. It has Exchange Server which requires seperate, manual patching and service pack installation, it has SharePoint Services that also requires seperate, manual patching and service pack installation, Standard Edition has no firewall, Premium has ISA 2004 which again requires seperate patching and is quite complicated in troubleshooting.

Can not stress this point more, SBS has all the functionality of an enterprise level Active Directory Services environment sans creating trusts between domains, and assigning roles to other servers.

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by CG IT In reply to

one answerer said there were a lot of problems posted on this forum about SBS and in my experience, with someone who knows enterprise level Windows Active Directory networks, SBS is easy. Where people run into problems is that they dont have a clue about what the different components do and how they need to be configured. Examples are: DNS, DHCP, IIS, WINS, Exchange, AD services, domain controllers, DFS, SharePoint Services, Certificate Services, security templates, Group Policy, WSUS, client/server communications, RRAS.

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by CG IT In reply to

because newbies don't have any background with those components, they may do something in DNS or DHCP, or in AD that breaks SBS. Often not having an understanding of Group Policy and application of Group Policy causes untold problems with those that dont' know it.

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by jennyn In reply to

Thanks all - that was helpful. I had a meeting with them today and I felt well armed from your comments. I especially liked CG ITs answer - perhaps cos it's what I wanted to hear! but you all contributed... a funny story - before the meeting he told me he got the 90 trial of SBS and installed it at home "it was easy" he said, followd by; "and then I tried to connect a client - but that didn't work". So it all depends what you mean by "install" right?! At least he's taking some initiative. Hopefully he'll swallow his pride and take advantage of the training opportunity.

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by jennyn In reply to SBS - situation I'd like ...

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by jennyn In reply to SBS - situation I'd like ...

TechRep "close question" mechanism crashed when I clicked to allocate points. Did anyone get them?

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