Using Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003

Jonathan Hassell

Publisher Apress
ISBN 978-1-59059-465-0
RRP US$39.99
Reviewed by Dennis Tuckerman
Score 8 out of 10

SmallBusinessServer This book takes the reader through all the steps required to install Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, catering for different levels of expertise from intermediate user to senior IT consultant.

Microsoft's Small Business Server (SBS) is for companies that do not need the larger Windows Server 2003 (Enterprise Edition) to manage their files, e-mail, Internet access, and security.

Hassel puts the case that Microsoft Windows SBS 2003 presents the most intuitive interface by far among the products in this range. This is also the first server OS that transparently integrates Microsoft Exchange, without requiring it to be bought and installed separately. With this product, Microsoft has set the standard for small-business server operating systems, he asserts.

The book is structured into logical progressive categories starting with the installation of SBS 2003, configuring Outlook 2003 and Exchange Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services Techniques, SBS security and server lock down, Remote Access Features, Shared Fax Service and finally Monitoring SBS Server Health and Performance.

The IT-oriented set will be pleased with the many configuration wizards, which make complex installation and configuration tasks straightforward.

This book on Windows SBS 2003 setup and network administration, purports to be all that is required to gain the experience and knowledge to implement and maintain Windows Small Business Server 2003. However, novice users to SBS 2003 would benefit from reading Hassel’s earlier book Learning Windows Server 2003 (ISBN:978-0-596-00624-2).

There are a number of reasons why small businesses might want to implement SBS 2003. Hassell's book would be a good starting point for a power user who wants to become the default system administrator, or for an experienced administrator who wants to get started with SBS 2003. He does a pretty good job of explaining the setup of most of the moving parts, and it's done well enough to ensure a reasonably good likelihood that you'll be up and running when you're done.

Now because there are so many moving parts, such as SharePoint and Exchange, this is not the book you'd turn to if you have to get into some major troubleshooting. You can only do so much in 250 or so pages, and Hassell doesn't try to go overboard. As a result, the book maintains a good focus on what it sets out to do. But if something does go wrong, you'll be doing on-line research or visiting Amazon to get the 1000 page book that covers nothing but Exchange, SharePoint, etc.

To the right audience, this book serves its purpose well. It won't be the only book on your shelf (nor should it be), but when you get done with it, you'll know what it is you don't know.

More information: Apress website