Using MOM 2005 to monitor SBS 2003 & connected clients

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2008-01-16
I'm currently running SBS 2003 Premium (w/ SQL Server 2000 SP4, not ISA) and wondered if installing MOM 2005 (which came with my Action Pack) is worth doing? Secondly, is SQL Server 2005 compatible with SBS 2003? The reason why I ask is I tried installing this on a previous installation and found after the install that the server ran very slowly while .NET Framework 2.0 "optimised" loads of stuff every millisecond on the server when it wasn't idle! Not really sure if that's normal?

Server spec is:

Dell PowerEdge SC430
P4 2.8GHz
1GB 533MHz RAM (1 stick)
100Mbit Network Connection (x1)
Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 w/ SP1
Question by:DReade83
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    Accepted Solution

    No, you shouldn't install MOM2005 on your SBS running on an SC430 with only 1GB of RAM.  There is little need for it though, if you install WSUS you will have your workstations covered fairly well.  (

    You really should wait for SBS 2003 R2 before using SQL 2005.  While it will install, it's not really recommended for reasons such as you have discovered.  There's already a SP1 out for SQL 2005 which fixes some of those things, but SBS 2003 R2 will have SQL 2005 for Workgroups properly configured into its OS.



    Author Comment

    Brilliant. I'll look forward to receiving R2 in one of my next quarterly updates.

    I have WSUS w/ SP1 installed in my SBS installation and it runs like a dream, especially after installing SP1 which seriously improves performance.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Be sure that you installed WSUS correctly per the SBS method described in


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