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Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
An integrated solution that includes server-based solutions for e-mail, fax, database, and security, with unified setup and centralized management.

Why Small Business Server 2003 Service pack 1is better for small businesses:

SBS 2003 SP1 isn't perfect.  It isn't for everyone.  There are limitations to the product that are listed in the lower section..but here's the thing.  If you can live with these minor 'warts', in return you get features that the big guys are drooling over.  Remember where SBS fits on the pricing SKU code range.  This is the 'first server in the firm", the one you begin with and grow with.  And as any small business knows...there are some things that you do compromise on.  But in reality, there are so many more features in this product that make it so right for a small firm that to say it's crippled or cut down or any other words like that, you just don't understand the potential and possibilities of this box.

Microsoft's Small Business Server 2003 sp1 is a business in a box.  All it needs is your commitment and imagination.  To all small businesses my prescription would be....take one box of SBS... add to it a few XP sp2 workstations.... add a little sweat equity and elbow grease and stand back and watch what happens.  SBS brings "automagic" to a small business.

Tentative information at this time...our OWN SP1 is slated for release within 60 days of the end of March 2005

 

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Stuff inside Windows 2003 Small Business Server 2003 SP1 Standard Small Business Server 2003 SP1 Premium
Operating System Windows Server 2003 Standard SP1 Windows Server 2003 Standard SP1 Windows Server 2003 Standard SP1
Mail Server Not even close Exchange 2003 SP1 [but download and add SP2 so you can get 75 gigs of mail] Exchange 2003 SP1  [but download and add SP2 so you can get 75 gigs of mail]
Email client Heck no Outlook 2003 sp1 Outlook 2003 sp1
Shared Fax They stole it, we had it already Had it in 2k, still have it Had it in 2k, still have it
Sharepoint You must manually go and install it Ours installs "automagically"   [and now with added SP1] Ours installs "automagically"    
Routing and Remote Access Services [RRAS] Alright, In there too It's the Firewall in the Standard version [like a Linksys Nat'ing firewall can be set up to filter outbound but not "out of the box that way"] Has ISA Server 2004 that can filter inbound and outbound automatically
Group Policy Management Console Must download it Ours is automagically installed, we have a SBS group policy pre-built Ours is automagically installed, we have a SBS group policy pre-built
ISA Server 2004 Sorry not included Only in Premium In this version
SQL Server 2000 sp4 You are joking right? Only in Premium Yup, in this version AND we now have unlimited access to web applications
Front Page 2003 Dream on dude Only in Premium In this one
Cost $999 with 5 cals $599 with 5 cals $1,499 with 5 cals
CAL cost okay they got us on this one BUT we license all the parts! $99 BUT we have a license for each "part" $99 BUT we have a license for each "part"
Wizards for ease of setup Any wizard they have, they got the idea from us Wizards are the "tao" of SBS "Go with the wizards - go with the force"
Monitoring email report AH HA!  You don't have that do you! An email report that summarizes web use, events, backup.

<SBSland Drool item>

Only SBS has this feature - and boy do we get asked if this can be put on 'normal' Windows 2003 server [it can't]
Remote Web Workplace   Only we have it.  Envious now, aren't you? This is a web portal designed to make it easier to have remote access for email and back to your Windows XP desktops  

<SBSland Drool item>

neener neener Server 03 doesn't' have this, HA!

<SBSland Drool item> are those things that are unique to SBS and cause others outside of SBS to 'drool over'.  Sorry we go 'em, you don't.  Become an SBSer and you'll get 'em.

Product Overview for Windows Small Business Server 2003:

Frequently Asked Questions About Windows Small Business Server 2003:

Top 10 Reasons to Use Windows Small Business Server 2003:
 

What are the limitations of Small Business Server?  So folks, here's the deal.  For all that goodness up above there's a catch.  There always is in life isn't there?  SBS 2003 has a few warts... limitations...restrictions that because of all those good things up there...we have to put a few restrictions down here.  That's life.  I for one, will gladly take the restrictions down here because the advantages from up there are just too great.  There are just too many "Pros" versus "Cons" in my book.

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Limitations

Windows 2003 Small Business Server 2003 Standard Small Business Server 2003 Premium
Users How many do you want? 75 users/devices 75 users/devices
Processors Four Two [but if you use hyperthreaded processors it will use and see four] Two [but if you use hyperthreaded processors it will use and see four]
RAM Hey wait, they have a max of 4 gigs too in the Standard Version! 4 gig 4 gig
Fax Modems Same limit here too in the Standard version 4 max 4 max
Terminal Server in application mode okay... yeah they can do this Nope we can't BUT we can set up a Windows 2003 member server to be a TS server and we don't have to buy separate Windows server licenses.  Besides it was never a good idea to do TS in app mode on our Domain Controllers anyway.  And trust me, as a person who installed TS in app mode on my member server it made me sick to think of all the thinks I might be loosening up on my domain controller if I was allowed to do it.  It was insane to do it before...it's totally insane now. See the notes on Standard
Terminal Server in Administration mode Yes Yes, that's now called Remote desktop to the server See the notes in Standard
Pull off the parts to other boxes? What parts? Nope, no can do, we must be all on this one box Nope, no can do, we must be all on this one box
Trusts to other domains Yeah, they can do that No, we cannot but we do have the ability to do a Active Directory migration between the two boxes to get the data from the  old server box to this new one.  After 14 days the connection must be broken otherwise the new box will complain See the notes in Standard
Domain Controller duties Whatever you want it to be Must be Primary Domain Controller and root of forest See the notes in Standard
Child domains Yes Can't do that See the notes in Standard
Add addtional servers Yes Only member servers, or a backup domain controller, but no other SBS servers See the notes in Standard
FSMO roles Yes Must be on SBS2k3 See the notes in Standard
SQL limited? What SQL? No SQL in standard [MSDE] Same as SQL Standard - BUT unlike SQL standard we have unlimited access to web applications
Exchange limited? What Exchange? Same as Exchange Standard - i.e. 16 gig

HUGE SBS NEWS - WITH THE ADDITION OF eXCHANGE 2003 SP2 - EXCHANGE CAN NOW STORE 75 GIGS

See the notes in Standard
More on Exchange Hey, wait a sec, that's the same limitations as Exchange 2003 Standard Edition One Mailbox Store/One Public Folder Store called "Single Instance Storage" See the notes in Standard
Clustering In the Enterprise versions only, not in Standard anyway Uh, what's clustering? Buy good hardware, run the Backup wizard
Bang for the buck See the notes in Standard If you can live with these limitations, why would you buy normal server? See the notes in Standard

Pricing and Licensing for Windows Small Business Server 2003:

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Please note:  All comments are the personal opinions of Susan Bradley and do not reflect any ill will at all towards "normal Windows Server 2003" owners who bought the wrong product. ;-)

 

 

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