Windows Small Business Server combines robust user controls and powerful email features in a platform targeted at smaller organisations. If chosen and configured correctly this one product may be all the server firepower you need as an SME. Windows Small Business Server was previously known as Microsoft Small Business Server and it bundles in potent Windows architecture, scalability and industry standard software like Exchange, SQL, and Outlook etc. in a reasonably priced package. It also offers unified management console, remote access, enhanced monitoring and an integrated setup all of which is great value for a small business server infrastructure.

Cap on max users and/or devices

Windows Small Business Server 2003 is a great value-add for your organization if it has no more than 75 users or devices. If you foresee requirement for more users/devices you more likely want Windows Server 2003 instead.  On the other hand, if you see your organization may not grow beyond 50-60 people over the next couple of years Windows Small Business Server 2003 makes tremendous sense.

Two editions

Unlike previous Small Business Server versions, Windows Small Business Server 2003 is available in two editions, Standard Edition and Premium Edition. Standard Edition includes Windows Server 2003 (equivalent of Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition), Exchange Server 2003, Outlook 2003, Windows SharePoint Services v2, SBS-specific components,Microsoft’s Shared Fax Service and 5 Client Access Licenses (CALs). Premium Edition includes all the features and capabilities of Standard Edition and adds ISA Server 2000, SQL Server 2000 SP3, and FrontPage 2003. This bifurcation is an opportunity for small businesses that don’t require a database server to move into SBS cheaply.

Use Wizards for configuration

Windows Small Business server 2003 includes many wizards that reduce some of the burden with accomplishing a task. In fact, it may be safely assumed that the easiest way to break a Windows SBS 2003 installation is by configuring systems and processes manually. This is best avoided in light of the excellent wizards available for everything including administering email accounts to configuring internet access.

Use the To Do List

From configuring the server’s Internet connection and activating the server to configuring performance reports and backup routines, take advantage of the resources Microsoft’s included in the operating system. Don’t just close or minimize the To Do List every time it appears. Make a conscientious effort to complete all the list’s tasks. The server will run more smoothly and likely more securely, as a result.

There is a self-paced course available online at which enables students to configure Windows Small Business Server 2003 for network and remote connectivity while describing the messaging and collaboration features that you can configure based on your organizational requirements. You will also be able to configure Windows Small Business Server 2003 to provide messaging and collaboration features in an Organizational network.