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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's about best practices, not a reference manual Sept. 10 2004
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. If you possess a solid basic understanding of Windows and networking hardware, this book will help you set up a SBS 2000 network with confidence and skill. I think Harry's emphasis on "best practices" is worth the price of the book alone: he is a networking pro, with years of hard-won experience, which he shares freely in this book. His humour and unpretentious style are a bonus - certainly a refreshing change from the impersonal and alienating tone of most books in this field. I used this book to set up several SBS 2000 networks and found it helped me get the job done right. Actually, this edition is probably more complete and helpful than his best practices book on SBS 2003 (which leaves out some of the info in this edition - i.e., makes you go back to this edition to get the job done!).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid, full of filler pages Feb. 18 2004
By Misi
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. It talks more about how great SBS 2000 is, and very little on how to set it up. If you are looking for help on SBS 2000 or 2003, a better choice would be to go to Microsoft's page for SBS 2003/2003 and under community review the news groups.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Go Back to SAMS, Harry :( Sept. 18 2003
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 Insultingly stupid July 28 2003
If you need this book you are probably in the wrong business. I was expecting something more in debth. I have an MCSE, and I can say that the dumbed-down course materials I used to study for my exams back in 2000 put this worthless book to shame. If this is all it takes to be an administrator nowadays I might as well quit my job and let the secretary take over, Im sure that she can click the "next" button just as well as I can. Maybe its just me, but I was hoping for an in debth coverage of SBS as a solution, and how it differs from a traditional domain structure, and maybe an analysis of how the properties of SBS can best be implemented in some environments and interlopability with other products. Instead I get some cowboy comparing Information technology to a ranch with cows and such. I would return the book, but im too embarrassed to draw attention to the fact that I actually bought the thing in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hands on details July 4 2003
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 way. The Linux comments were a lot of fun, having myself lost many a battle with the Linux beast. Two fat thumbs up for this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god, so horrid. June 12 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best purchase for SBS Installation March 18 2003
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. They gave me great textbook knowledge but only in a very abstract way.
I went through Harry's book and leaned more in 2 days than 2 months with the MCSE books. This book is worth more than the $ I spent on all the other books combined.
Harry's style is interesting and easy to read. Real life and fictional examples show you what you should and should not do. Actual diagrams of network topology were very helpful as well. I have not run into a situation where he does not cover something I am interested in or that I need to know.
If you are going to setup a SBS you have to get this book no matter how much you know!
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Books?
Maybe there are two books by Harry Brelsford with the same title. In the book I got Bob Clough, a marketing manager at Microsoft, wrote the forward to Mr. Brelsford's book. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by William L. Ashbaugh
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