Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SBS 2003 GUI Setup (Windows Small Business Server 2003 book excerpt)

Hi - I am harry brlesford, the author of Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best PRactices and I am seeking to post up my SBS 2003 book entierly before the new SBS 2008 ships.
Today we shat about the GUI setup phases. Enjoy!
Harry Brelsford, CEO of SMB Nation, www.smbnation.com
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8. An autologon occurs and the GUI-based Windows Server 2003 phase commences as seen in Figure 3-3. At this point, user input is not required.
Figure 3-3
You will notice the traditional Windows Server 2003 setup is the same in SBS 2003 as other Windows Server 2003 SKUs.
9. On the Regional and Language Options page, accept English (United States) and US keyboard layout. Click Next.
10. On the Personalize Your Software screen, type Bob Easter in Name and Springer Spaniels Limited in Organization as seen in Figure 3-4. Click Next.
Figure 3-4:
Enter the SPRINGERS information taken from Table 2-4 to complete the personalization information.
11. Complete the Product Key field on the Your Product Key page (you will need to supply the product key provided on the disc case (it is a 25-character code on a yellow sticker). Your screen should look similar to Figure 3-5. Click Next.
Figure 3-5
Complete the product key field correctly as it is used to hash out a code for activating your server in Chapter 4.
12. The Computer Name and Administrator Password screen appears (Figure 3-6). Provide the computer name (SPRINGERS1) for SPRINGERS in the Computer name field and the Administrator password (Husky9999!) in both the Administrator Password and Confirm Password fields. Click Next.
Figure 3-6
You will initially name the server machine here and provide the administrator password.
BEST PRACTICE: You will note that a computer name has been automatically suggested in the Computer name field (e.g., SPRINGERSPA-B3KU6G), but your suggested name may vary. There are several issues surrounding the suggested computer name.
First, the suggested computer name is typically long and difficult to remember. There are still applications that require you to manually type the server computer name during a setup screen or to map a
drive via a uniform naming convention path (UNC). In this case, a simpler machine name is desirable for spelling purposes.
Second, the SPRINGERS methodology used throughout this book demands you name the machine SPRINGERS1 in order to successfully complete the examples herein this text.
Third, while you should put care and thought into naming the computer at this point, you actually have one more chance to change the machine name in the SBS setup routine. This last chance to change the computer name occurs later in what I defined as Phase
C: SBS Installation and Setup (this is just prior to the Windows Configuration screen in the SBS 2003 setup wizard). There is a screen in the SBS setup routine at that time that allows you to modify the computer NetBIOS name.
BEST PRACTICE: Microsoft has eliminated a screen right here in SBS 2003 that appeared in the SBS 2000 product. The screen was titled Windows 2000 Components and allowed you to select server-side components before continuing.
13. Assuming you are adhering to the SPRINGERS story line and have a modem attached (as specified earlier in the chapter), the Location screen appears (Figure 3-7). Complete the What country/region are you in now? drop down box (for SPRINGERS, select United States of America), the What area code (or city code) are you in now? field (for SPRINGERS, enter 206), and the If you dial a number to get an outside line, what is it? field (for SPRINGERS, leave blank). Select between Tone dialing or Pulse dialing under The phone sys­tem at this location uses: and click Next. I am, of course, assuming you can find out all of the answers to the questions above relatively easily for your own real-world use (for example, many businesses dial “9” to reach an outside line and use tone dialing). If you don’t have a modem attached, the Location Information screen will not appear and you will go immediately to the next step for date and time settings. Remember that the SPRINGERS methodology assumes you
have a modem attached. It’s not a true showstopper if you don’t, but understand the faxing chapter (Chapter 9) will play out slightly dif­ferently for you without a bona fide modem attached.
Figure 3-7
Completing the modem setup via the Location Information screen. Note this assumes you are using a modem that has been automatically detected and installed, which is the usual case.
BEST PRACTICE: Note that SBS 2003 supports multiple modems if you have busy, active faxing needs. Perhaps one modem would be for executive usage and the other modem for faxing activity generated by the worker bees.
Also, you get what you pay for with modems and if you’re serious, consider the V.Everything modem from US Robotics/3COM.
14. Select your date, time, and time zone when presented with the Date and Time Settings screen (Figure 3-8). For SPRINGERS, select (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Tijuana in the Time Zone drop-down field. You can enter whatever day and time you desire (and this can be changed via the Control Panel when the server machine is up and running after setup) in the Date & Time drop-down fields. Click Next. Note that for SBS sites in the United States, it makes sense to select the Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes checkbox to automatically adjust your server time in the spring (ahead) and fall (back).
Figure 3-8
Complete the date and time configuration.


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