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Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices [Paperback]

Harry Brelsford , Bob Clough
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December 2001
Finally, the third-party Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 book that everyone has been waiting for. Based on shipping code and written six months after the SBS 2000 release, this book is packed with real world, detailed SBS 2000 topics. The planning and, setup, administration and management topics dominate the first half of the book and include references to KBase articles, hard learned workarounds and in-the-trenches best practices. The text is also current for the latter operating system and application service packs. And not only are the individual applications such as Exchange 2000 Server and ISA Server 2000 covered in-depth, but this discussion is put into context of how these applications are used in the SBS community. The book spends a lot of time on how to extend SBS 2000 with add-ons such as the new XML reporting tool, Exchange Conferencing Server, Digital Dashboard and Outlook Team Folders.

This book speaks to the entire SBS community ranging from the do-it-yourselfer newbie to the hardened SBS guru. A practicing SBS consultant, Brelsford deftly weaves introductory and advanced SBS 2000 discussion, as only he can do with his Texas accent, in a warm and collegial way in to the pages of this book. And when that's not enough, the book includes guest columns from members of the Microsoft SBS development team and other leading SBSers!

So buddy up with Brelsford and enjoy Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices. Not only will this book pay for itself immediately with an hour of your time saved, but it'll return its price back to you many times over by helping you avoid hidden hooks, pitfalls and box canyons along the SBS journey.


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Brelsford incorporates lessons he's learned in running a successful practice that you can use as a bible for your own small and medium-sized business. -- Michael Domingo, Editor MCPmag.com

Nobody provides a better guide to installing, configuring and using Small Business Server 2003 than longtime guru Harry Brelsford. -- Hugh Anderson, Montreal Gazette --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Harry Brelsford - BIO Involved with SBS since June 3rd, 1997, at 9:00am Pacific (true story!), approximately half a year before its commercial release, Harry Brelsford is a longtime SBSer . His SBS accomplishments include:

œServing a wide and diverse group of clients, including Contra Costa Cardiology,

EIS Group, Wallace Properties and the Peace Corps.

focused on SBS. The 2003 annual conference was held in Indianapolis, Indiana

with approximately 100 members attending. This year the annual conference was

held in Seattle and had over 250 attendees. Harryfs one-day SMB Nation

Summits are held world-wide, including in Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia,

the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, the US and Canada.

œAuthoring numerous books and countless articles on SBS, including the

Microsoft Press Small Business Server 2000 Resource Kit.

œServing as editor and publisher of a free monthly SBS newsletter titled Small

Business Best Practices.

œServing the Microsoft SBS development team as a vendor, participating in setup

videos, and acting as a subject matter expert for Course 2301a and the advanced

SBS 2000 computer-based training (CBT) module.

œTraining participants at the SBS hands-on labs during the fall 2002 and fall 2003

US tours.

œDelivering speeches frequently on SBS at numerous venues, including Puerto

Rico Direct Access event (Spring 2001), the Gateway/Intel/Microsoft Solutions

Tour at ITEC (Fall 2001), and MCP Magazine TechMentor and SuperConference

(Chicago 2001). Harry works from his home office on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He is married to Kristen and has two sons, Geoffrey and Harry, Jr. The Brelsford family also includes 3 springer spaniels. Harry received his BSBA and MBA from the University of Denver. He also holds numerous industry certifications: MCSE, MCT, CNE-retired, CLSE, CNP. He is the author of eleven books on technology topics. Harry is a rum connoisseur and has a collection of rum from all over the world. His favorite drink: a rum and coke, of course! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Go Back to SAMS, Harry :( Sept. 18 2003
Format:Paperback
I found previous book by Harry, SBS 4.5 in 21 days a really excellent book and looked forward to the SBS2K Version.
Sadly disappointed - lots of unecessary stuff (like a 6 page line by line listing of ICW ins file) and major gaps in important areas; far too much of a sell on Net Meeting as form of remote control, yet little detail on configuring RAS.
Another reviewer noted:
"This book needs an editor...As proof of this I also bought Harry's "MCSE Consulting Bible" which was published by IDG Books. This book is well edited and Harry comes across as the smart and informed business man I'm sure he is. This is a 5 star book. What a difference an editor makes!"
Apparently, Harry fell out with SAMS and went to Brelsford with this book; I can't help wonering if it was something to do with editorial policy ? If so, go back to SAMS, Harry, your technical knowledge is superb but you really do need a good editor to get your writing better focused
Martin Harran
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god, so horrid. June 12 2003
Format:Paperback
Just what the title says. Make no mistake about it, this is a truly awful book. It concentrates mostly on how great Microsoft is for coming out with Small Business Server, and very little on how to set it up. There are GREAT information gaps in the areas of Domains, Active Directory and Troubleshooting in general, to name a few. The walkthrough on the little information that is in the book just assumes that if you follow the author's instructions step by step, the server will just work. Unfortuneately this is not the case. The author leaves out many important details about the setup of SBS and in general seems to be using his new book as his platform to attack the Linux community as a whole. (Hence the subchapter entitled Linux Losers) This is a terrible book. If you're looking to setup a MS SBS, find another book. There HAS to be something better.
Despite the fact that this book contains no useful information at all, it seems to have near 1,000 pages. The information in it is also laid out in a terrible manner, making it near impossible to find anything that might be related to what you're doing with your server. If you're setting up a SBS, find another book, ask people on the internet how to do things, heck ask at 6 year old kid. Any one of these three options would be a better option than reading this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Might Be Of Some Use To Inexperienced Users Dec 17 2002
By Gary
Format:Paperback
I think the value of this book depends on the amount of experience you've had installing and using prior versions of SBS or even with installing and using Windows 2000 Server or NT4 server. If you've had virtually none then you may find this book of some use. Otherwise I think you'll find it of little value.
The author uses his "SSL Methodology" to guide the reader through setting up SBS 2000. What the author is really doing is setting up a sample company called Springer Spaniels Limited (SSL). The text tells you to do this, do that, click here, etc. and gives screen shots of various things along the way. This may give those with little SBS experience the "warm fuzzies" that they are doing things correctly. However, the SBS 2000 set up is pretty intuitive and there is a good amount of help information built into SBS 2000 that is available as you go from step to step through the set up. My complaint is that, since this is true, the book does little more than give you the same information without any more insight. Worse, there is nothing to really help you if you need or want to deviate from the "SSL Methodology" or run into problems.
I encountered some problems trying to connect workstations to a new SBS 2000 server that had previously been connected to an SBS 4.5 server. The book was of no help for this. In another case I had a new XP Pro machine that when setup did not load the firewall client (the successor to WSP Client). Again, the book was of no help in dealing with this. (The solution was easily found on the MS Knowledge Base).
With no real help for doing things differently from the "SSL Methodology" this book is of limited value. Ditto for no real trouble shooting info.
I purchased the book based on nearly unanimous 5 star ratings.
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Like Harry i have been working with sbs since it's first inception in 1997 - sbs 4.0.
The firts two chapters are about what sbs is and is not. Harry has a lot of experience in the field, and He will take through the process of preparing political, comercial and tecnical details of a sbs deployment.
Basically we are talking about someone that really loves sbs, and having said that you do notice he is a bit biased. but that's alright as long you get the tecnical details about common administration tasks.
I have to stay that this book could have been easily kept to under 600 pages as oposed to the 800. Sometimes Harry is too descriptive. things like dowloading winzip and installing it, does not need a step by step description. this is not supposed to be a dummies book Harry!
The chapter about exchange is really good, exchange is huge... but the author was able to descbribe breafly and effectively it's day to day administration. also i really enjoyed installing the conference server add-on and messaging component.
I read his first book about sbs - teach yourself sbs 4.5 in 21 days, and at that time i was critical about the lack of in depth in proxy and iis. somewhere in the book harry gets back to mee saying that is impossible to desbribe those two servers, (now in ISA and IIS 5.0 encarnation), in a single chapter allocated to them.
I agree, but let's put things straight, HOST HEADERS CANNOT CONTAIN SPACES! In chapter 17 , when describing how to create a web site in IIS manager, the author tells you to put SSl Intranet in the host header field. this is a knowledge flaw. since this site will never work with such mapping.
I am not giving it 5 stars, because Harry has not done completely his homework. Sharpen up that IIS knowledge!!!
Anyway, thanks a lot for the book. You are still someone I admire just for pushing so much SBS, and by reporting directly to the sbs developer team.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's about best practices, not a reference manual
I'll take one star off for somewhat careless editing that includes a few typos and some slightly misleading information, but this is a great book for what it is. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2004 by Greg Glatz
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid, full of filler pages
I was new to SBS 2000 and I though this book was going to be great. If you are looking for anything technical on SBS 2000, forget this book. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Misi
1.0 out of 5 stars Insultingly stupid
If you need this book you are probably in the wrong business. I was expecting something more in debth. Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by "evild_"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hands on details
I really enjoyed this book. I'm well versed on Windows 2000, but haven't had much exposure to SBS. I really enjoyed the writing style and learned a few tips and tricks along the... Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by Tom Shinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Best purchase for SBS Installation
I bought all the MCSE books so I could learn how to setup Microsoft 2000 and SBS servers for our company and I couldn't figure much out. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by L. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Novice to Expert in One Book!
Rarely does one run across a book that allows one start out knowing absolutely nothing about a specific product but in the end leaves you feeling quite comfortable and even... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by Ed Correia
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book, very informative
I keep this book handy at all times. It has helped me immensely with my quest for answers to install and setup a Small Business Server. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Martin Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars For the SBS user and owner
Being knowledgeable about Server 2000 I thought SBS would be a breeze. Well there are poignant, as well as subtle differences of which you should be aware. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by A. J. Vasaris
2.0 out of 5 stars A book for beginners
This book should have been titled "Small Business Server 2000 for Dummies" It is a good for for a novice business owner or manager to do the most basic setups of SBS... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book
I completely agree with Gary's comment below. This book is of little value except for those who have very limited knowledge of small business networking. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by Amazon Customer
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