new 2003 SBS Server build gotchas?
Posted on 2006-06-05
I'm going to be setting up a new server with Windows 2003 SBS Standard this weekend. They have 8 users and have been running an NT4 domain.
I want to know if there are any 'gotcha's' I need to consider for this build. It's a brand new machine with plenty of power. I hope to start Friday evening and finish by Monday morning if necessary.
Specifically, can someone point me to a useful tutorial for setting up the system? It's simply a file server but will run a database application running MSDE runtime for a program called ProLaw. I will get tech support involved for installing that.
I also want to be able to have drives mapped automatically and wonder if someone could show me how to do that and where to put the script.
I will copy the data from the NT4 machine over and layout the disk structure (RAID 1), create all the users, assign permissions etc.
I am more nervous about Active Directory than anything, correctly labeling the internal domain name, getting DNS to work correctly etc. They won't have a full time admin but I will be on call to help them from time to time so I would want this to be fairly self maintaining.
Also, whereas I was using VNC to connect to the old NT4 server, I need to have RDP or Terminal Services running to connect to this new machine. Please advise on that.
I will award points after the setup is complete and the users have been to work using the new server for 2 days.