A couple of years ago, I bought a Dell server with the intent of installing Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 and running my own Exchange, SharePoint, and Internet Information Services (IIS). Although not a server or a networking expert, I was confident my geeky tendency to pick up new software technology quickly would get me to a point where I could run my small business like a big enterprise but on a limited budget.
I looked forward in excitement to the day one month later (okay, maybe two; I was a one-woman show!) when I would have my system up and running, all stable and seamlessly connecting me to enterprise-quality email with shared contacts and calendars to wow my clients. I dreamed of the day when I would be able to collaborate online with my team members across the globe using all the bells and whistles that came with SharePoint. I rushed to the Microsoft store to borrow four books on Windows Small Business Server 2008 installation and configuration and like a girl about to go out on her first date, I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come so I could start working on my server.