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Evaluate Windows Small Business Server 2008 Public Preview today

Evaluate Windows Small Business Server 2008 Public Preview today

Postby shreader » Thu May 29, 2008 1:53 am

I was wondering if anyone here wants to:

Evaluate Windows Small Business Server 2008 Public Preview today

Published: May 28, 2008

Designed for small businesses, Windows Small Business Server 2008 is an affordable, integrated server solution that helps you protect your business data, increase productivity and present a more professional image to customers
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Postby shreader » Thu May 29, 2008 2:44 pm

Last night I downloaded all 4 .ISO's :shocked:

Here is some more info.



Windows SBS 2008 is available in two editions: Standard and Premium.

Standard Edition includes the software to install the primary Small Business Server. To install Standard Edition, you will need to download:

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Postby yeshuas » Thu May 29, 2008 2:53 pm

I downloaded them this morning, still undecided as to which one to try, SBS server or the Essential Business Server
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Postby shreader » Thu May 29, 2008 2:59 pm

I'll probably start w/ the SBS Standard x64 edition,
I'm hopeing it'll be easier to install (for me) than the EBS was :P
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Postby shreader » Fri May 30, 2008 5:09 am

Just finished w/ the SBS 2008 Standard edition.
That took awhile to get setup :lol:

The installation in total took 1hr, 35 minutes.
There was a 1/2 hr. black screen while the Hdd churned away.

Unlike my Enterprise Server install SBS2008 did find my Ethernet driver when I showed it where it was.
Strange that I chose not to download & install any updates after getting the Ethernet driver loaded, but SBS went ahead & Dl'ed & installed them anyway!!

Here is a screenshot of the SBS Console
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Postby shreader » Sat May 31, 2008 4:30 am

Tonight I activated SBS 08 & did a few Server 2008 tweaks from Grav!ty's thread, I couldn't get the sidebar going tho :whistle

Here are a few more screenshots of what is included in the Standard Edition.

SBS after some visual tweaks, a untweaked copy in my above post
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About Exchange Server 2007
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Management Console
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About SQL Server Mgmt Studio Express
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SQL Server Mgmt Studio Express - System Views
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Windows PowerShell
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About SBS 2008
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*I suppose I should add that there are a few bugs in this build & on this (under RAMed) test rig w/ 2 GB of DDR2 RAM it still takes 5 minutes for the OS, after restarting, to stop the Services & 11 minutes to hit the desktop!
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Postby yeshuas » Sat May 31, 2008 4:33 am

What is your systems specs; how much ram and what CPU etc
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Postby shreader » Sat May 31, 2008 4:44 am

yeshuas wrote:What is your systems specs; how much ram and what CPU etc


System Manufacturer BIOSTAR Group
System Model GF7050V-M7
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB DDR2
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Postby yeshuas » Sat May 31, 2008 4:51 am

So it will run on less memory than it recommends, cool. I may try to set it up on a Dual Core system I have with 2 GB Ram
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Postby shreader » Sat May 31, 2008 1:48 pm

Yes it will (or mine does), I shut off (in power settings) all the sleep functions & the screensaver & left it running all night the first night to let the OS get whatever work it needed to do, done.


Since then it runs ok, the SBS Console is slow loading tho, but the rest of what I've tried works ok.


Setting it for best appearance didn't seem to slow it down & the rest of the tweaks didn't appear to cause much slowing either.
Its just the PC restart that takes awhile :-x
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