Turning off features and unnecessary resources in SBS 2003 R2 Prem

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by gocrm, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. gocrm

    gocrm Guest

    Server is SBS 2003 R2 Premium. The only components installed are: Exchange
    2003, ISA 2004.

    I do not use SharePoint Services. No MSSQL and WSUS installed. Basically,
    I am only using Small Business Server 2003 Premium R2 for email and it's
    firewall capability.

    What are the components I could remove in SBS? What are all the services I
    could turn off? I'd like to save resources and also enhance security by
    turning off and removing unnecessary features.
    gocrm, Apr 16, 2007
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  2. I'd really want to leave Sharepoint andMSDN or SQL in place - you really may
    need them (monitoring, alerts, and so forth, not to mention remote web
    workplace for remote access). Unless you're running this server on
    "toasteroven" hardware, you should be fine with those running from a
    performance standpoint---especially if your users aren't really using them.

    Re security, I guess much depends on what type of security you're talking
    about. Physical security of the server is the first thing to talk about -
    network access from the LAN is the next, and access from the Internet is the
    one after that. If you keep your server patched, have good security
    practices in place (including password changes, etc), review your logs, have
    locked down your workstations, you're in good shape. And even with ISA, you
    might put a perimeter firewall between your server & the internet.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 16, 2007
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  3. what are the specs of your server?

    You should not remove any services/components
    too tightly integrated.

    You can disable Sharepoint services if you wish
    but unless you server is under 2GB of ram
    If you don't use them they really have no adverse affect in having them
    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], Apr 16, 2007
  4. IMO, you're not going to save significantly on resources by attempting to
    turn off or remove certain "features". And since SBS 2003 is a highly
    integrated package, it may even throw a fit if you try to do this.
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Apr 16, 2007
  5. gocrm

    gocrm Guest

    Thanks everyone. I am just concerned about unwanted resources. But now I am
    convinced to leave the features alone.

    Can I rename the Administrator login to another login name? This is per the
    CRM 3.0's recommendation. I wonder what adverse effect will it have on the


    gocrm, Apr 16, 2007
  6. I used to do that, but now I don't bother -

    a) there is (or at least was) a bug in Monitoring, that threw up errors if
    you did this
    b) anyone trying to crack your admin credentials isn't going to be looking
    for the name,they'll be looking for the SID anyway.

    Just set a kick-ass password on it.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 16, 2007
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