because of ending microsoft support for windows 2000, some of my customers with only about 3-5 clients needed to upgrade to sbs2008, as it is the cheapest version and they don't need more.
infact the functionality as a file server is enough.
now my experiences began with freaking out about the sluggish behaviour of the freshly set up sbs2008, although no user load was on the system, the sbs console was rotating with warnings about critical updates, sometimes it blocked clients access to the server.
i googled and analyzed a lot with the taskmanager and found out, that sbs console, exchange, iis, wsus sql is putting such a load (cpu, memory, disk) on the server, that there is almost no capacity for the tiny user applications.
now after uninstalling wsus, establishing normal windows updates and disabling the sbs console, i'm at the point of having a nice, medium fast server, me and my customer are satisfied.
but i want to know a bit more:
can anyone explain me in simple words (i'm no guru) the interdepencies of
exchange, sql, iis, wsus?
the only thing i know is that wsus is established as a website within iis.
if my goal is a pure file server, how can i uninstall exchange (my customers clients contact pop3 directly), sql and iis without running into problems?