SBS 2003 Best Practice Analyser Updated!

Body: Another news item for today is that the SBS 2003 Best Practice Analyser has been updated.  This update takes into account a number of improvements and fixes for the rules. Find out more here http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/02/20/small-business-server-2003-best-practices-analyzer-updated.aspx Category: SBS 2003 R2 Published: 21/02/2008 4:51 PM

SBS 2003 Best Practice Analyser has been launched

Body: Yes- you heard it here first – Microsoft today have launched their new analysis tool for SBS 2003 servers that will help understand some of the common configuration mistakes and advise on how to correct them. The tool is available here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3874527a-de19-49bb-800f-352f3b6f2922&DisplayLang=en This tool has been a result of many requests from the community to better configure and understand their SBS servers. Thank you Microsoft for responding to our needs! Category: SBS 2003 R2 Published: 16/10/2007 10:03 AM

ISA on a DC no longer supported…

Body: Unless it’s ISA 2004 on an SBS 2003 Premium or SBS 2003 R2 Premium server. Microsoft has withdrawn support for ISA 2004 or ISA 2006 on a Domain Controller in certain scenarios. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/isa/2004/plan/unsupportedconfigs.mspx#Installation They have also further clarified that they do not support ISA 2006 to be installed on an SBS 2003 Premium or R2 Premium Server. I’m ok with the later bit as we all knew that anyway. My concern though is that ISA is a damn good security product and in a small business design decisions are always based on cost vs return. It’s often very hard … Continue reading ISA on a DC no longer supported…

How to downgrade to SQL 2000 with SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition

Body: Microsoft have finally after much community pressure documented the official downgrade path for those customers who have purchased SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition and still need to run SQL 2000 due to application vendor compatibility issues. This is great news for us SBSers as it’s been a thorn in the side of many line of business applications that still (even 2 years after SQL 2005 has been released) do not support SQL 2005. Anyway – congrats to Microsoft for listening and making this happen. The KB article is KB 935573 – link below http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935573/en-us Be warned though – you … Continue reading How to downgrade to SQL 2000 with SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition

SBS 2003 Partner Readiness Training for Australia

Body: This just in from the Microsoft Australia Partner Readiness team. This technical training focuses on the Small Business Server 2003 Release 2 and will be delivered in two sessions, with each session focusing on a different aspect of SBS Server 2003 R2. The sessions will run for approximately three (3) hours with a lunch break in between the sessions. The session’s outlines are: Session 1 – Microsoft SBS 2003 R2 – Exchange 2003 and Outlook 2003 SP2 Features  This session introduces the new features on SBS 2003 R2 in regards to Exchange 2003 SP2 and Outlook 2003 SP2. After … Continue reading SBS 2003 Partner Readiness Training for Australia