Here we are at day 86:
This particular client is just coming out of their peak season. We were not able to touch the server during business hours which for them were quite extended.
We will have a DRAC (Dell) remote management module installed on the server very soon so as to have out-of-band access to the box just in case there is any problems with updates.
We will also have the SBS OS DVD 1 in the optical drive so that we can recover the OS to the backup point we created just before running any updates.
With the DRAC, or its equivalent, we can do all of that from anywhere we have an Internet connection.
So, just how stable is SBS 2008?
In this case, the built-in SBS 2008 backup started showing a bit of strange behaviour as the server would bog down when it was initializing. We moved the backup to outside of their working hours and stepped up the Volume Shadow Copy frequency to compensate.
The server has been rock solid to date. We guesstimate that a reboot will be happening this coming weekend or the following one depending on the slow-down period for our client.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book