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    Installing Windows 2003 server...

    Hi,

    at work at the moment and have been asked to reformat and install Windows 2003 server ( for the first time )

    so probably won't get as far as reformatting but anyways i have a load of cd's here and was wondering what i use:

    Windows small business serve 2003 - 5 disc !! why so many ?

    Windows server 2003 web edition - 1 disc ?

    ok acutally that's all i got, do i need much more.. lol soo going to mess this up

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    Go for the Small Buisness Ed, 5CDs cos it comes with a cut down version of Exchange server.

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    sorry probably best to add that this is just a 'standalone' server..

    as there is already a main one with SBS and all that stuff on it with its domain etc etc

    so would i need all the extra's ?

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    What is the standalone server going to actually do? A server is no good if theres nothing gonna be connected to it to use it!

    "Windows server 2003 web edition - 1 disc" takes an ordinary server and turns it into a dedicated web server that can be controlled entireley via a secure web interface. Thats a good CD to have. And if your server is gonna be a web server, use that disk instead.

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    sorry to be so vague...

    its pretty much a 'dead' server for me to play with... i'm going to try and install windows 2003 server and then a few other bits of software..

    and if all goes well will be connected to the main network with the other 3 servers they have at the moment...

    so won't be used for exchange or anything, or web development/design either... hmmmm

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    Well if your gonna play with it, i would suggest you get a workstation with xp on to connect to it, and have a serious play with active directory/exchange/sql server/IIS/volume shadow copy - as those are the only things worth playing with to be honest.

    Once youve played and learned, reformat it before connecting it to your main network. You dont want a randomly half configured domain controller introduced onto your main network!

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    hmm thanks that's very true...

    so go for the full blown 5 cd sbs package one then ?

    Will try it this afternoon now !

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    SBS wont play well with other SBS servers on the network as it insists on being a domain controller.

    You want windows 2003 server standard ( not web edition )
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    Ah, I've never used SBS as i aint a small business. If what moby says is true and i am sure it is, then DO NOT plug a second SBS server into your network unless you want a potential whole load of problems

    It would be ok to play around with standalone though.

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    SBS works well up to 75 users , but you need a suprisingly beefy server to support that many
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick
    You want windows 2003 server standard ( not web edition )
    Exactly.

    Then throw some *decent* software on it like Oracle and WebSphere - i.e. something worth learning that you can make a ton of money from! :-)

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