Essential Business Server prep and monitoring

I’m a huge fan of Microsoft’s integ­rated serv­er products — Small Busi­ness Serv­er and the new kid on the block, Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er. They provide an incred­ibly robust and reli­able IT core for any organ­isa­tion — espe­cially because the in-built mon­it­or­ing and alter­ing lets you know about poten­tial issues that require your atten­tion. And the integ­rated products in EBS for email secur­ity and net­work-edge secur­ity sim­pli­fy your network’s con­fig­ur­a­tion, and its cost.

If you are con­sid­er­ing migrat­ing or upgrad­ing to EBS (and I’d con­sider it even if you have an exist­ing multi-serv­er infra­struc­ture,) there have been a num­ber of wiz­ards and white papers released recently which may be of interest. They are:

Win­dows Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er Pre­par­a­tion and Plan­ning Wiz­ards

The Pre­par­a­tion and Plan­ning Wiz­ards help you pre­pare your envir­on­ment and plan for deploy­ment of Win­dows EBS by scan­ning your net­work envir­on­ment and identi­fy­ing issues that you need to cor­rect to be able to deploy Win­dows EBS.

Win­dows Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er Pre­par­a­tion and Plan­ning Guide
This doc­u­ment explains how to pre­pare and plan for a deploy­ment of Win­dows EBS into your exist­ing net­work­ing envir­on­ment. This doc­u­ment includes inform­a­tion on how to install and run the Win­dows Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er Pre­par­a­tion Wiz­ard and the Win­dows Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er Plan­ning Wiz­ard, and it provides plan­ning guid­ance.

Mon­it­or­ing Win­dows Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er
This doc­u­ment provides guid­ance to help you mon­it­or your Win­dows Essen­tial Busi­ness Serv­er net­work by using the Win­dows EBS Admin­is­tra­tion Con­sole and by using the mon­it­or­ing cap­ab­il­it­ies of Microsoft Sys­tem Cen­ter Essen­tials 2007.

This last one is, to me, the most inter­est­ing and import­ant. Serv­ers do need mon­it­or­ing and care, but those are tasks that are eas­ily ignored in small busi­nesses with per­haps no ded­ic­ated IT staff. Hav­ing the serv­er do the grunt work for you itself is very use­ful indeed — and the main reas­on I would def­in­itely recom­mend that EBS is con­sidered care­fully for any core infra­struc­ture refresh or renew­al in a small com­pany.