Friday 9 April 2010

Tech Nostalgia – SBS 2000 Alive And Kicking

In the process of working through some things, we stood up an SBS 2000 server this morning.

The setup is bone stock, meaning the three CDs that the OS came with are what were used. The exception to that was the installation of Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 4 after Phase 1 of the setup completed so we could get Integration Services installed.

Once IS was installed, we ran Phase 2 setup.

Sometimes, it is good to see where we have been to gain perspective on where we are at now.

The default BackOffice Manager:


A second vNIC was installed and connected to a secured network to provide Internet connectivity. ISA 2000 is installed and configured in a 2 NIC configuration.

The To Do list:


There sure were a lot of things “missing” in the SBS 2000 product now wasn’t there?

While the uptake on SharePoint did not happen too much in the SBS 2003 timeframe, the Remote Web Workplace in SBS 2003 made for one of the biggest steps forward for remote access in the SMB space.

Our SBS 2000 server status:


Adding a user via the Add User Wizard in the To Do list:


And, then there was this little gem:


An iisreset would bring those folders online.


And finally a screenshot of Outlook Web Access across HTTP no less:


How did we ever manage to work back then? ;)

We have come a long way in the SMB market with Small Business Server evolving along with the SMB business needs.

In our opinion, we have been going in the right direction with the SBS product.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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