MS SBS 2008 setup from a Mac perspective

I'm a Mac guy with some MS desktop support experience. I've been asked to set up a  MS SBS 2008 server. Where can I get an overview of what's involved and is it very difficult? Does anyone know of any web resources that compare Mac and Win2008 servers side by side?
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
What are you looking to do with the SBS server?

Is your Environment primarily a Mac environment with a few Windows machines or a Windows environment with a few Mac machines?
huwmacAuthor Commented:
It's just going to be 1 server and 2 win7 PC's running the usual MS Office and quickbooks- so filesharing and email primarily I guess
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
And how many Macs, 1, 2 or more?

It just seems like an awful lot to spend for SBS 2k8 and cals.
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huwmacAuthor Commented:
Sorry if I wasn't clear in my question - there are no Macs, it's just thats where I've got most expertise and yes it does seem an expensive  solution but the client's just gone ahead and ordered it. I mention my Mac background because I'm hoping that someone can give "equivelent" advice - eg - To create a share on a Mac server do X Y Z and to do the same on SBS do A B C, but note that unlike the Mac setup bla bla etc etc. Maybe I'm asking too much and the 2 servers are too different
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
So they've already bought an sbs server for a company of two users?

If you caconvince them(an if it's returnable) return it if possible abpnd buy the a $600 NAS.
huwmacAuthor Commented:
I know but it's bought and non returnable. I do have another client with 12 PC's and NAS (Buffalo Terrastation) and they're thinking of SBS. The problem they have with NAS is that the Sage accounts software doesn't like being run multiuser from NAS so we run it from an old XP box at the moment - anyway , going a bit off topic now
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Yeah definitely, Sage requires MSSQL to run and a NAS will not cut it.

A Windows server it is...Too bad they already purchased as ou could have even recommended going to a hosted cloud solution which would have been lower in cost for support and inventory.

Good luck
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Eriq Neale, Author of SBS 2008 Unleashed an SBS MVP and former Microsoft Employee is the go to guy when talking Snow Leopard vs SBS.  He was recently interviewed by CRN Magazine on the topic
Hope that helps answer your question.
If you've never done SBS before, I'm not sure why you'd take on such a situation.  Its not a simple setup and you can get in trouble easily.   I mentioned Eriq's (full disclosure I am a contributing author for the book but get no royalties)   Microsoft Press also has the SBS 2008 Administrators Companion.  
If this is your first SBS server, READ READ READ, and use the wizards in the setup.
And find a local partner who has done lots of these that you can call on for help

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