Newbie changing over from NT4 Server to SBS Server 2003
Posted on 2006-04-06
Well I'm a newbie in this SBS Server game, I'm an expert in PC repiar and software repair on personal PC's and basic Client server stuff. I have been asked to setup a new SBS server 2003 machine to replace two NT4 Servers with Exchange 5.5 running on one of them. The business has there own domain name and is using Exchange for internal and external mail. I think the KEYWORD here is REPLACE. That means the other two machines are going to be removed from service completely. This single machines purpose is two fold, File server, Mail server. I chose SBS 2003 because it seemed to have my needs all in one package for a small business of three users. I'm going to be setting up with a 90 day trial version w/sp1 and it includes the 60 day trial of exchange 2003.
A couple of my key questions about this probably represent seperate topics altogether, but I'll list them here to start with.
1. I will need to let a remote user connect via DSL from another state as they do now. The WAN connection will be on a static DSL line. Am I correct to accomplish this that the new machine must have two NIC's installed? One for the WAN and one for the LAN? I am using and will continue to use a router and a 5 port switch on the setup.
2. I will need to migrate or transfer the exsiting mail store to the new machine. Other than setup of Exchange on the new SBS server any tips on this procedure? I think this is going to be my tuffest challenge.
3. Back up options, One of my prefered methods for backing up a personal PC is using Ghost, old version, boot from DOS disk, ghost and then fire it back up on a periodic basis. Works great but, in this case that would meen bringing the server down, and that's not really an option, and I would rather not use tape. But if a failure were two occur I would like to have a the quickest option to restore.
On other setups I am running two Hard drives(queston4)in a RAID 1 configuration, which might be my choice to eliminate some of the back up worries. On other systems I have a second basic machine(non server) that recieves critical data from the server on a perodic basis. I use Second Copy" for that task.
4. with todays giant hard drives is there a need to be running more than one hard drive in the system?
Thaks to all in advance.
Points not sure how to set them but I'm starting with 500