Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: T72-00020
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.99 - $349.95
- Reviewed by: David Coursey
- Reviewed on: 02/05/2004
- Released on: 10/09/2003
The good: Comprehensive feature set; tight integration with Exchange and SharePoint portal services; wizards and task lists simplify setup and ongoing maintenance; competitively priced.
The bad: Still not quite DIY simple; no server-side antivirus or spam filtering; firewall in Standard Edition is limited.
The bottom line: For small businesses that need a business in a box and want to stick with Microsoft technology, SBS 2003 is the only game in town.
After 5 years of use
by H760234 on April 23, 2010
Pros: Stable, usable, efficient, fast, a non-stop productivity workhorse, works with everything from Windows 98 to Windows 7. Great value for the money. Provides all the services that a small business can ask for in a server. Very reliable.
Cons: The only real issue I have with sbs 2003 is that when so many things running in this system plus all the software that gets installed on top of it, it becomes difficult to troubleshoot with severe problems.
Summary: We have had this SBS 2003 Standard for almost 5 years now. You might want to read the full summary to get the full sense of this product.
There was ...
Summary: We have had this SBS 2003 Standard for almost 5 years now. You might want to read the full summary to get the full sense of this product.Just noticed that the title of the product says 5 clients but obviously we have had to add CALs to bring it up to 25 users. SBS 2003 makes it very easy to add and/or manage CALs as well. Another plus.
There was a time, in the beginning, when I was totally frustrated with it because I rebuilt the entire system on two different boxes and it kept shutting down with no clues as to what is causing it. Finally, with just blind luck, I stumbled on to the fact that it was a badly designed instant messaging server (a third party software) that I was using. Got rid of it immediately. And since then ... No problems.
It has since been a work horse of a product. I'm running it on a Dell PowerEdge 2800 with 4GB of RAM (recently upgraded from 2GB) and two Xeon 2.8 GHz processors.
The best part is that it is providing the following services to our small business, without any problem (knock on wood; hard), for the past several years:
1. File Server (Serving up almost half a million files to main office, two remote offices, 8 field personnel via vpn)
2. Print Server (Serving up 4 heavily used printers)
3. DNS Server (Primary DNS Server for the entire organization)
4. DHCP Server (Heavily used with lots of reservations)
5. Terminal Server (Admin only)
6. VPN Server (PPTP; Up to 10 people are connected at any given time)
7. Instant Messaging Server (Using OpenFire Server now)
8. Backup Server (Backup Exec 11.5d; Backup broken down into segments to allow completion over a week and then repeats).
9. Exchange Server (25 mailboxes heavily used)
10. Anti Virus Server (25 User AVG Business Security Edition; Virus updates distributed via server)
11. Two multi-terabyte external drives connected for data management use
12. File sharing with clients via SSL protected third party software
13. Running license server software for three different products
14. Quickbooks database server
15. Active Directory Server with AD tapped into by various other devices like routers and other server software
16. Web server for OWA only
17. Workstation Audit (third party software running on server)
18. Dell Server Management Software Running
19. Large format scanner control software running
20. VNC Repeater
21. Running 8 SCSI discs with three RAID volumes
22. Still manages to run desktop software to create disk catalogs and Firefox for downloads; IE security is set to tight and I like to keep it that way
23. and last but not least by any means; version control server via Shadow Copies
All this is on top of the fact that it is backward compatible with most older windows server software and it will happily take the new ones too.
Yeah, I have bashed Microsoft at times too but you know what? Their products speak for themselves.
I for one have had an awesome experience with this one server alone and I have setup numerous in the past 20 years including hundreds of workstations. I won't go into details of other products in the interest of keeping this review about SBS 2003 only.
Thanks for reading.
Updated on Apr 23, 2010
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: T72-00020
- Description: Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 can help you automatically protect your business information, get 20% more done every day, reach your customers and serve them better, and quickly set up a Windows Server network designed for small businesses. Create a central and secure place to store critical business data. Access to data and applications is centralized, improving employee productivity by ensuring all your employees can get the information they need from their computers. Software restriction policies help prevent unapproved installations and help protect against viruses and other attacks. Guard against data loss. Volume shadow copy service enables point-in-time backups and helps your backup procedures run quickly and with minimal errors. The Backup Configuration Wizard guides you through the creation and implementation of a successful data backup strategy. Ensure network security, thoroughly and easily. Wizards simplify security settings and help ensure all the necessary security steps are taken while setting up your network. Windows Small Business Server 2003 is built on Windows Server 2003, the operating system that has increased available services by 275 percent while mitigating attacks against the server by 60 percent. Windows Small Business Server 2003 includes an internal firewall and also supports external firewalls. Keep your business up and running. Improved monitoring tools and usage reports keep you apprised of network status. Windows Small Business Server 2003 is built on Windows Server 2003, the most reliable network operating system Microsoft has ever delivered. Access information from anywhere, anytime and any device. Remote Web Workplace, the new remote portal, allows authorized users to access remote access features by using the Internet. Windows Small Business Server 2003 is built on Windows Server 2003, the most reliable network operating system Microsoft has ever delivered. Improve team performance through enhanced collaboration. A pre-configured internal Web Site based on Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services allows coworkers to share information, including document libraries, announcements, events, and links. Enhanced Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) enables users to access an Internet version of Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 from the Internet to share files and schedules. Reach more customers and serve them better, all day, every day You can host your own e-mail, create a company Web presence, and access business information remotely. These benefits enable you to conduct business in a professional manner and assure customers that you are the right choice for their business. Get up and running quickly & easily. Windows Small Business Server 2003 is preloaded on the most popular OEM platforms, meaning you can just plug it in and begin to play in just 15 minutes! Online License Activation means you no longer have to deal with floppy disks for client setup. Windows Small Business Server 2003 is a member of the Windows Server 2003 family, meaning the interface will look familiar and will work like the interface in Microsoft Windows. Get a platform that is easy to grow with today and tomorrow. The Client Setup Wizard enables you to migrate profile settings (including desktop settings and data) from a peer-to-peer network (based on the Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems) without disruptions to users. Do you need the capabilities of a security-enhanced small-business network with storage, printing, collaboration, e-mail, Internet connectivity, support for mobile workers, and faxing? Windows Small Business Server 2003, Standard Edition, will meet your needs. The standard edition consists of Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 technology. The standard edition is ideal for customers that do not require the higher-level functionality provided by the premium edition.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003
- Language(s) English
- License pricing Standard
- Localization English
- License Type Complete package
- License Qty 5 clients,
- License Pricing Standard
- Media CD/DVD
- Package Type Retail