Updates and Solutions
Moving toward SBS 2008 - Part One
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I've had a lot of exposure to Small Business Server 2008 this year. In began with the early betas at the beginning of the year. I got the DVDs in the mail and built on on VMWare Workstation. Because it was such an early build, I used it just to get a feel for where the product team was going and see what their Exchange 2007 integration looked like.
In April I joined Eriq Neal and a team of authors who were contributing to write the SBS 2008 Unleashed book, which is due to be released in November, and that upped the ante for my involvement with the platform. Over the next several months I researched and tested and broke SBS 2008 on three separate builds, and eventually turned in my two chapters on Exchange backup and management.
I just finished up a week of training at Microsoft. It was focused on deep support for SBS 2008 and was taught by John Bay, who's been a senior support tech at Microsoft for more than a decade. What did we look at? Here are a few highlights from 40 hours of training:
- Migrations from SBS 2003 servers to SBS 2008 servers, observing the different ways that process can break and looking at our options for rescuing broken migrations.
- Close coverage of what the integrated backup will and won't do. I learned why Windows Backup was always failing to back up my Exchange store in my home lab builds, and while I didn't like the answer, it made sense. I also learned that there is a lot of confusion around how SBS 2008 backup works, most of which I had already been purged of by my work with Data Protection Manager 2007.
- I learned that even an expired ForeFront subscription can still serve to provide features that were left out when Exchange 2003 became Exchange 2007.
All in all, it was a very valuable week on the information level, and also good for continuing to strengthen relationships I have with SBS MVP community. I met some new people that I really enjoyed and got to hang out with some old friends as well. Great for creating a knowledge network.