by   April 03 2012   
The Weekend Server Admin Guide. Step One: If it's not broke, don't touch it. Next week we will look into editing the Global Policy based on users and add a few to monitor services which should lock Jr. out of those sites you're finding on your printer. (Or maybe not)

Are you running a SBS 2003 Server?

If it's a real server you should look into upgrading it even if it's a 32bit platform.

If it's a fake server like a Dell P4 D version then you can set it up at home and make a really cool file and applications server.

Other than that, the SBS 2003 on a sad platform or anything other than a Xeon is a waste of time for any business to run. That's unless you only file share and at that rate a good NAS will do the same thing at nearly zero the administration.

So for all you Weekend System Server Admin's that have SBS 2003 servers feel free to ask how to hack the tar out of it to make it do what you need it to do. If you have the licenses you are golden. If not, you're going to have to approach everything with detailed plans or it's going to fail.

I've had the unfortunate experience to have inherited a SBS 2003 that was stripped down, no CDs and no Licenses. It was a pain to get it stable and to add the components that the owner took out but it was finished. Today it's still up and a new admin is trying to figure it all out. Lucky for him I'm a really good script writing for servers and I kept all the notes in the folder called XCTech.

Damn lucky for him if you ask me.

For all you others, if you're just playing around with the SBS 2003 I'll offer from time to time some of my old scripts to make it work better. Best you're going to get out of that software is a development station. Unless, if you have a good platform then you could actually put it back into production. But again, it's old, it's got a few issues that hacks like and other than being a file and IIS server I'd just set it up for personal use.

 

If you are a qualified Technician with Experience I have the new "Tech Zone" going up online. It will require a access code which I'll need to give you. I'm setting up a serious solution for small IT businesses. It should help keep your systems documented for the up and coming audits you might be facing. For working techs, that means you give back to the project it's going to be a free SaaS all others it's going to be .... Yes, fee based prepaid.

In closing, if you need help you can call or email.

 

The Weekend Server Admin Guide. Step One: If it's not broke, don't touch it. Next week we will look into editing the Global Policy based on users and add a few to monitor services which should lock Jr. out of those sites you're finding on your printer. (Or maybe not)