WHS & SBS: Approved for Backups

For more than a year I have been promoting the use of Windows Home Server as a local backup solution in a Small Business Server (SBS2003/SBS2008) environment (per these two blogs: blog1blog2). I already have WHS installed at most of my SBS customer sites.

It now seems as if Microsoft is now willing to say “Yes” — that using WHS to backup your workstations and servers is a viable and supported scenario!  Read more on Microsoft’s Technet site.

SBS without Exchange?

I hear it all the time … my customer wants an SBS server, but they don’t want to use Exchange. I don’t know about you, but the only reason I can think of why either the customer or the IT consultant would suggest not using Exchange is because they’ve never used it themselves, and therefore are scared that it’s too difficult to install or manage. I have installed SBS servers for almost 9 years. I barely know how to spell Exchange, yet I find Exchange very easy to manage.

But, if you still need convincing, here is a short list of 8 reasons why you should consider using Exchange features with your SBS server.

  1. Group calendering
  2. Shared public folders
  3. Centralized storage and management of all emails
  4. Easy recovery of deleted emails
  5. Email archiving
  6. Centralized scanning of email for spam/viruses BEFORE they reach the user’s inbox
  7. Access to email remotely via OWA
  8. Access to email via ActiveSync for cellphones and PDA’s

Remember, if each user is using a POP3 account via Outlook, then those emails are generally only being stored on the user’s computer, and therefore they are probably NOT being backed up. With Exchange, the emails are being stored on the server as well as being cached onto the user’s workstation. Sbs and Exchange make a great team!


2009-08-04 He’s a Real Nowhere Man

Ok, so it’s been a long time between songs. Life does stay busy, doesn’t it? That’s why this song seems very appropriate. It was inspired by a recent post on Virtual PC and Windows 7. With a tip of the hat to Dana!

He’s a real virtual man,

Sitting in his virtual land,

Connecting to his virtual lans

For nobody.


Doesn’t have a physical view,

Knows not where he’s loaded to,

Isn’t he a bit like you and me?


Virtual man, please listen,

You’re not real, just emulatin’,

Virtual man, the world is at your command.


He’s a guest, as you can see,

He just runs on a host PC,

Virtual man, can you see me at all?


Doesn’t have a master view,

He’s a slave, just passing through,

Isn’t he a bit like you and me?


Virtual man, don’t worry,

Take your time, don’t hurry,

Just keep running till somebody else

Lends you a hand.


He’s a real virtual man,

Sitting in his virtual land,

Making all his virtual plans

For nobody.