Windows Small Business Server 2011 Administrator’s Companion

Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

Published by

Microsoft Press





Reviewed by

Uma Kanagaratnam MBCS


10 out of 10

This book is no doubt, as described by the authors, an essential single volume reference.

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) is available in standard and essential editions. The authors cover the standard edition, which is designed for small businesses with up to 75 users.

SBS 2011 is a 64-bit architecture with the administrative task performed within an integrated console. The move towards a 64-bit architecture is heavily influenced by memory management, improved performance, security enhancements and capitalising on virtualisation. There are concerns including driver issues, hardware and software compatibilities.

Before progressing to installing SBS the authors explore planning the network infrastructure, surveying the business needs and factor into their planning the resources required, i.e. network type, network devices, diagramming the network, server hardware, naming conventions, storage, fault tolerance and security. The authors proceed to take the reader through a descriptive visual journey of the installation and migration process.

The book then navigates through managing users. SBS 2011 has two group types: security and distribution. The authors address share and file permissions, storage management, print server management, managing computers and software updates, configuring backups, configuring and managing email, remote web access, group policy administration and customising SharePoint (as SBS 2011 standard comes with SharePoint Foundation 2010). They complete the walk-through by focusing on performance monitoring and disaster planning.

The book is comprehensive in its coverage of the topics.

Further Information: Microsoft Press

July 2011