Here are some resources that come in handy:
- Completing Setup: Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (Word document download).
- Release Notes for Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2
- Install the base OS to the primary OS drive formatted leaving 10 GB unused on the drive during setup. All other drives/partitions should be left untouched at this time.
- Stop the continuing setup after the reboot by cancelling it.
- In between Phase 1 and Phase 2: Install relevant drivers, format the partitions and drives.
- Move the Swap File over to the partition created out of the above 10 GB. This partition can be used for the ISA URLCache as well.
- Verify all devices are recognized and happy.
- Run Phase 2 setup via the Setup icon on the desktop.
- We set the MSDE Engine, Users Shared Folders, Client Applications, and Sent Faxes to the same drive/partition.
- Finish the install by completing the ToDo tasks.
- Install the Premium Technologies with SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition followed by ISA 2004 SP1.
- Note that during the ISA CEICW one will need to recheck any extra settings at the Web Services Configuration step.
- Make sure that the Create Certificate is also left at the setting it chooses.
- Install the components and updates from the R2 Technologies CD.
- Complete the Post Exchange SP2 Must Dos (previous blog post).
- Update the Exchange registry settings for the Greylist problem that Exchange seems to be having: Exchange may not be retrying! (previous blog post)
- Install WSS 3.x in side-by-side mode (official SBS blog post on the matter). Why? Because the WSS 3.x and Outlook two way functionality may be required for WSS hosted calendars, or the Recycle Bin may be for those who "accidentally" delete files.
- Install WSUS 3.x afterwards (previous blog post on WSUS 3.x install experience).
- At the command prompt, run the appropriate osql commands to tame SQL's memory usage (previous blog post explanation).
- RipCurl the SBS R2 box for Vista and Office 2007 compatibility (previous blog post).
If newer Service Packs exist, do a bit of searching to verify their compatibility with your SBS installation before installing them. A good example of this is Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 as there are lots of caveats on SBS (KB 555912) .
Our partitioning schemes (previous blog post) come via experience trying to recover multiple partitions on one drive or array. That can be extremely difficult. Sometimes, KISS really works. :D
UPDATE 2007-09-06: Reversed steps 13 and 15 to set them in the correct order!
UPDATE 2007-09-07: Added the Exchange registry settings for its seeming difficulty with Greylisting and Tarpitting and the RipCurl step.
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