All on One

By Francis Chu  |  Posted 2003-10-06 Print this article Print

All on One
Because SBS 2003 uses a single-server model, every application must be installed on the same server, creating the possibility of a single point of failure. Therefore, IT managers should be prepared to invest in better server hardware to ensure optimal performance and should implement a data backup plan.

SBS 2003 requires a minimum of a 300MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 4GB of disk space; these requirements are similar to those of the previous version, SBS 2000. Microsoft recommends a 550MHz processor and 384MB of RAM for the Standard Edition and 512MB of RAM for the Premium Edition.

We tested SBS 2003 Standard Edition on a Hewlett-Packard Co. tc2120 server with a 2.66GHz Intel Corp. Pentium 4 processor and 256MB of RAM. SBS 2003s performance was satisfactory in our tests, but because the program runs several applications on a single server, we recommend having at least 512MB of memory on the server for better application performance, especially for sites that support more than 50 users.

The HP server we tested came preinstalled with SBS 2003, so deployment was even faster. Small companies can purchase a preinstalled SBS 2003 system with the server hardware from OEM vendors, and the system will be ready to go out of the box.

SBS 2003s Internet Connection Wizard can discover and configure firewall settings for hardware that supports Universal Plug and Play. This saves some time because the firewall/router can be set up during initial SBS configuration. However, sites that use Internet connections that require Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet will still have to manually enter the information on the device.

In tests, we used a Microsoft firewall gateway that supports Universal Plug and Play and could easily configure the firewall settings via the SBS wizards.

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