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Now that you've looked at all the options you need to consider for the design of the server and the network, you should be ready to prepare a proposal that outlines how the installation should look. Be sure to include the technical as well as the business justifications for the choices made in the proposal.

Best Practice Summary

  • Client Access LicensesPurchase a sufficient number of User CALs to cover all the employees in the organization. Only look at Device CALs in a shift-work environment where employees are sharing terminals.

  • Terminal ServicesIf terminal service access is needed, install and configure a separate terminal server computer on the network. SBS 2003 cannot run Terminal Services in Application mode.

  • Network configurationBuild the SBS server with two network cards and use a router/firewall device to connect the SBS server to the public Internet.

  • DHCP configurationUse the DHCP service from the SBS server and disable DHCP services on all other devices on the network (such as the router/firewall). Configure all workstations on the internal network to get a dynamic IP address from the DHCP service on the SBS server.

A highly generalized overview recommendation for the implementation of an SBS installation might look like this:

  • Network layoutA hardware router/firewall connects to the ISP for Internet access. An SBS server with two network cards connects the router/firewall and an internal switch. All networked computers, including wireless computers needing normal access to the SBS server, are connected to the switch.

  • Server storageThe SBS server has two spindles or partitions for data storage. The C: drive or partition is 12GB16GB in size. The data drive or partition is as large as necessary to accommodate the organization's data storage needs.

  • Backup storageIf using a tape drive for data backup and the capacity of the tape drive is less than the data size on the server, implement a third-party backup solution or customize a backup schedule using NTBackup (covered in detail in Chapter 18). If using removable disk drives, try to use a FireWire connection to an external disk enclosure with a drive large enough to store all the server data.

These are just guidelines. The actual implementation depends on the needs and restrictions of the installation site.

Chapter 4. Installing SBS 2003 SP1 on a New Server


  • Installing Small Business Server

  • SBS ConfigurationTo-Do List Part 1

  • Configuring the InstallationTo-Do List Part 2

  • Troubleshooting Installation Issues

Those who have installed the initial release of SBS 2003 will find that installing SBS 2003 SP1 with the slipstreamed media to be a familiar process. This chapter is not for them. Instead, this chapter covers the SBS 2003 SP1 installation process for those who have not done any SBS installations or those who have minimal experience with the installation process.

This chapter covers only the installation of a server from the ground up. It does not contain any information about installing the service pack on an existing SBS installation. Information on the Microsoft SBS 2003 website ( and the Small Biz Server site ( covers this topic in more than enough detail.


Installation of the Premium Technologies is not covered in this chapter. See Chapter 23, "Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Basics," for information on installing ISA 2004 and Chapter 14, "SharePoint and the Companyweb Site," for instructions on installing SQL 2000 and SP4.