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SBS Server 2003 R 2 - installation & configuration

athavasi asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-10
I have got HP server which has SBS server standard 2003 R2  as an OEM ,

I havent worked with SBS server, I need help ,

* How to conifgure RAID

* Whats the installation procedure ,

* i am going to put in a work group, where two applications are installed in the server  and all the 4 user documents are stored,

4 client machines were mapped to the SBS server and access the application and documetns, How can i achieve this

* I need to configre  back up that has to be run daily ,

* I dont want to use any other features in SBS, like Exchange server, Firewall, Is that possbile to disable,

I am looking forward the reply


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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

1.  Depends - did you get it with a hardware RAID controller?  If so, consult the manual.  If not, you should setup a software RAID (hardware RAID is better; if SBS was preinstalled, one would hope HP preconfigured the RAID for you).
2.  If you want to LEARN this, then great.  Learn it.  Format the drive and reinstall SBS yourself AT LEAST TWICE MORE.  Go through the install process to understand what it's doing and ask questions when you're not sure.  If you don't want to take the time to learn it, then DO THIS RIGHT - HIRE A CONSULTANT who has EXPERIENCE SPECIFICALLY WITH SBS.  SBS is a great, VERY STABLE, very EASY to ADMINISTER system - IF YOU SET IT UP CORRECTLY TO BEGIN WITH.  If you just do this yourself and do it using limited knowledge, this will cost you more in the long term than getting a consultant to do it right NOW.
3.  You CANNOT put an SBS server in a workgroup.  SBS is designed to be THE DOMAIN CONTROLLER for a domain.  If you fail to make it the DC in a domain, it will start rebooting hourly after 1-3 weeks (depending on how exactly it's been setup and what configuration changes have been made).
4.  What do you mean by "access the application"?  If you mean you have a program that is installed LOCALLY on EACH PC and the app then stores data on the server, that's fine.  If you expect to install the application ONLY on the server and have 4 computers access it, that's wrong.  SBS cannot be a Terminal Server (which is what you would require for that functionality).  You could purchase another server to do this (You can have a terminal server in an SBS domain/network, just the SBS server cannot be that terminal server).  Even then, you should check on the licensing because you would likely need 4 copies of the software anyway even if you used it in a terminal server.

As for mapping the documents folder, that can be done easily in Server Management.

5.  SBS backup and the wizards available will permit this.

6.  WHY NOT?  Why did you buy SBS then?  SBS is a POWERFUL system with reports and alerts to keep you advised of how the system is running - but those reports and alerts need Exchange to run properly.  How do you backup e-mail?  Exchange provides an easy way of doing this.


Thanks for the comment
1. I will check with the manual for RAID configuration

2. Installation is it pretty stratight forward like windows server 2003,

3. Thanks for the info,

4. Yes, creating a mapped drive from client machine to the server, applications are locally installed in the work station , datas are stored in sbs server ,

5. thanks

6. Company size is really small, only 4 users , two applications , email has been hosted by external service provider, i dont want to put too much complication in setting up, coz there is no one for support .

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Thanks Lee,

Link was so informative,
Hope it will resolve my queries,

if i stuck up with installation or any queries, will post in a seperate thread!



Your profile was really good , Good luck!



I have got a doubt, if i install the application on the sbs server , and create a map drive pointing applications .exe files , Does  this work??

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

No - you would need a terminal server to do that.  The application installs numerous registry settings and support DLLs that would not be accessible on workstations.

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