Microsoft Small Business Server 2003

seeinred

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What would a person have to do in order to have the required competence to run that server with about 15 people on the network. Yes I'm a noob, but I'm wondering what certifications/classes I'd need.
 

zagman76

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1) Ditch SBS. Go with W2k3 Standard.
2) Technically, you don't *need* any certs/classes, but MS Course 2273 and 2275 combined with Exam 70-290 would be a good start.
 

seeinred

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1) Ditch SBS. Go with W2k3 Standard.
2) Technically, you don't *need* any certs/classes, but MS Course 2273 and 2275 combined with Exam 70-290 would be a good start.
Thanks. It's a family business, so I don't "need" anything, you're right, but I want to be prepared.

not if they need an exchange server and sql. if you need an email server, stay with SBS.
Thanks to you too. We do need the e-mail server.
 

blazin

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Its really not that hard to setup out of the box. Basic funtions like setting up users/passwords and security are done thru Wizards.

As far as exchange, there's plenty of online free tutorials to get you familiar.
 

zagman76

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not if they need an exchange server and sql. if you need an email server, stay with SBS.
you don't need SBS to have SQL or Exchange Servers.
W2k3 Web edition < SBS < Standard < Enterprise
 

Aero 1

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you don't need SBS to have SQL or Exchange Servers.
why would he need to spend 1K for a 2k3 box, spend extra on 10 cals to equal 15 users, spend 5 grand on exchange and and onther 2k3 box with 10 extra cals as a domain controller? thats an investment of over 20 grand just for 15 users. SBS is more economical.
 

zagman76

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why would he need to spend 1K for a 2k3 box, spend extra on 10 cals to equal 15 users, spend 5 grand on exchange and and onther 2k3 box with 10 extra cals as a domain controller? thats an investment of over 20 grand just for 15 users. SBS is more economical.
why would you need extra CAL's? Set the licencing Mode to Per-user, and install valid copies of win-XP. You can have your DC be your Exchange server as well.

However, it all depends on what your goals/needs are with the server.
 

seeinred

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I see you need CompTIA A+ and Network+ certification or equivalent knowledge and skills. Are those exams easy or what?
 

blazin

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How computer literate are you? If you have a knack for this type of stuff you dont need any certifications...the internet is full of resources...certifications are just to prove to 'the man' when youre looking for a tech job IMO
 

seeinred

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I'm pretty computer literate. I don't know all that I should, but I can easily find things I need to know when I need to know them for the most part. I just want to take a couple classes so the transition is as smooth as possible when it happens.