Windows Small Business Server 2008 - Build information
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This document is intended to be a community edited build document.  Do not consider this to be Microsoft authoritative.  Rather it is opinion based and community driven with your feedback.  Please use this to augment reading the TechNet Library's deployment information and getting started guide and following the SBS Blog as well as Philip Elder's Migration guide. To get an idea of how long a clean installation takes, see HandyAndy's Blog.  For a version in French, see Une version française de ce document est disponible ici.

The document is hyperlinked to pages that go into further detail for each section.  To read the underlying section, merely click on each roman numeral section below.

I.  OVERVIEW OF SBS 2008

    A.  MEDIA    

    
B.  PRODUCT KEYS

    C.  HARDWARE

    D.  PLANNING OF THE SETUP

    E.  INTERNET GATEWAY (FIREWALL)

    F.  VIRTUALIZATION


 

II.  INSTALL PROCESS 

     A.  PREPREP    

   
 B.  INSTALL OF THE OS



III.  KEY TASKS AFTER THE SERVER IS INSTALLED

    A. MAKE A BACKUP

    B. INSTALL CERTAIN UPDATES FIRST

    C.  SPEED UP REBOOTS

    D.  INSTALL A HOTFIX TO FIX THE DEFAULT GATEWAY

    E.  FIXING DNS

    F.  IE TRUSTED SITES

    G.  MOVE DATA AND DISABLE IIS LOGGING

    H.  DHCP SCOPE BEST PRACTICES

  

 

IV.  TWEAKING THE SERVER FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMIZATION
 

    A.  SBS CONSOLE TWEAKS

    B.  TWEAKS FOR WSUS

    C.  TWEAKS FOR SHAREPOINT

    D.  TWEAKS FOR REMOTE WEB WORKPLACE AND OWA

    E.  TWEAKS FOR SEARCH

    F.  TWEAKS FOR MONITORING

    G.  TWEAKS FOR NOTIFICATIONS/ALERTS.

    H.  TWEAKS FOR FAX

    I. TWEAKS FOR EXCHANGE 2007/OUTLOOK

    J.  TWEAKING for DEVICES AND PRINTERS

    K.  TWEAKS FOR REMOVING RSS FEED SYNC

      
 

V.  BACKUP / RESTORE / DISASTER RECOVERY 

    A.  SBS NATIVE BACKUP AND RESTORE

    B.  USING SHADOWPROTECT IT EDITION FOR DISASTER RECOVERY OF SBS 2008

    C.  IMPACT OF WGA ON A SERVER 

    D.  EXTERNAL BACKUP DRIVES COMPATIBILITY LIST



VI.  GROUP POLICY, SERVICE PACKS, ADDITIONAL SERVER INFORMATION
    
    A.  UPDATES AND SERVICE PACKS

    B.  USING GROUP POLICY

    C.  ADDING ADDITIONAL SERVERS TO A SBS 2008 NETWORK

    D.  ANTIVIRUS HOW TO


VII.  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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