Sat, Mar 18 2006 14:59
So you want to be a SBSC?
David asks... "I have just started my own consulting business focusing on small businesses in the engineering and manufacturing verticle. I have taken the courses for the MCSA and was planning to take the exams shortly. I may go for the Small Business Specialist first now that I have seen the Summit's webcast. I have just received a small dell server with SBS 2003 on it and have already reloaded it once. FUN - It is soooo cool what they have done with this product! OK, the reason for contacting you. What books do you recommend for the Small Business Specialist Exam and any others that would round out a best practices for the product? Do you have a book(s)? Thanks for any help you can provide!"
The book I'd recommend is Harry and Beatrice's 70-282 guide.
As far as other resources... I'd like to first point you to this resource on the Web which has Microsoft's official literature...and then let me point you to a prior blog post about books on SBS. I've done chapters in two books...and I'm reviewing another by Charlie Russel that will be specifically on the SBS 2003 R2 version.
...the key to passing the SBSC exam is to "think Microsoft". Meaning that make sure you know the minimum specs of SBS and think it terms of "okay this isn't how I'd do this in the real world ...but I'll bet that's the one that is close to the real world".
As far as best practices... just come out to the communities or find a SBS group near you and ask... but maybe we need to think about a SBS setup wiki that wouldn't just go into "how do I set up the server" but would help in setting up all the OTHER stuff... login scripts, antivirus setups, all the other 'tweaking' we do after the server is set up... something to consider.. a community setup guide maybe... anyone else think that's a good idea?
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