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Small Business Server 2000 Best Practices Paperback – Dec 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 758 pages
  • Publisher: Harry Brelsford (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883697689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883697686
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 18.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,554,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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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Harry wrote an incredibly accessible guide to installing, maintaining, and supporting SBS 2000. He takes readers through a step-by-step site evaluation, gives checklists and forms to use before installing, and runs through the process of setting up a server so that it works right the first time.
Even more helpful, he tells you *why* you are doing things a certain way. Most howtos say "do this" and leave you hanging if you encounter something outside the norm; with Harry's explanations and Best Practices tips, you get reasons, guidelines, and tips that help you out when something doesn't follow the game plan (usually due to bad or mismatched hardware).
One feature of Harry's writing that really makes the book work is his willingness to share his embarrassments and goofs he's made along the way. As the old saying goes, "Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." He humorously shares his moments of good and bad judgment with his readers, which lets you avoid quirks and pitfalls that have trapped many, many people (including Harry) over the years.
I'm an MCSE but new to SBS, and found the level of technical detail excellent, ranging from the basics to the advanced tips, and learned a lot of things that you just don't learn from various Resource Kits. As a fellow writer I know how hard it is to carry off this quality of technical writing for an entire book, and Harry makes it look easy.
If you are new to SBS and are installing it for the first time, or you are a Windows 2000 guru looking for a single-box office solution, or an SBS consultant seeking to optimize your time and improve your level of service, you should have this book with you at all times as your first go-to reference.
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