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How to add an additional Domain Controller from a remote office to the SBS domain - Part 1

In this series of three articles (the first article has been published, the other two will follow later) we will explain step by step how to add a DC that will be serving clients at a remote location to the SBS network. The remote DC will be connecting through a VPN connection to the SBS. There are several ways to establish this VPN connection and it all depends on the hardware and software.

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How to use a smart host

A smart host is a type of mail relay server which allows an SMTP server to route e-mail to an intermediate mail server rather than directly to the recipient’s server. Often this smart host requires authentication from the sender to verify that the sender has privileges to have mail forwarded through the smart host. This is an important distinction from an open relay that will forward mail from the sender without authentication. Common authentication techniques include SMTP-AUTH and POP before SMTP.

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Block Internet Access for certain URL's and Security groups

Few days ago a customer called me and asked to configure the server for limited access for several different groups of users in his organization. The customer did not want employees to browse to certain sites that have nothing to do with the daily work of those users but he wanted to allow the users to browse the sites during lunch.

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SBS 2003 R2 - Upgrading the Sharepoint MSDE instance to SQL 2005

Windows SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition includes SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition. You can install SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition as your database for a business application. Additionally, you can upgrade the instance of Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (Windows) (MSDE) used by Microsoft Windows SharePoint® Services if you want to be able to search document libraries on your company's internal Web site.

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How to lock down a Terminal Server

A terminal can reside in an office, kiosk, classroom, laboratory, on a factory floor, or across the internet in another country while the server is in a secure server room. For example; Terminal Server can be used by Application Service Providers to provide access for multiple applications to customers over the Internet. In certain deployments, it might be necessary to restrict user activity to a predefined set of applications or Windows operating system functionality.

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