We’re a small but growing IT shop, that for most of our deployments have used SBS (Small Business Server) over the years.  Microsoft’s recent decision to drop SBS is already causing waves and much consternation across the web, especially for those shops who feel that they may lose a lot of support hours for those companies in the 15 – 75  user ranges, who’ve traditionally used SBS as an in house Exchange server to great cost benefit.

The choices are now to go multi-server, away from Exchange (Kerio, Zafara or Zimbra), or move to a large Hosted Exchange Cloud provider, all of which choices are effectively forcing change and/or expense on SMBs, and possible loss of revenue for their support shops.

Anyway, rant aside, SBS Essentials is going to be the new poster boy for SMBs looking to integrate with cloud (although we’ve got a lot of small customers happily using Server Foundation), but there were a few things catching us out and surprisingly different from its’ wizard driven installation when we first installed it.

One of the main changes from any previous SBS box is how it handles it’s internal DNS and IP addressing, with big changes from before, that weren’t obvious until i found this excellent article from one of the industry’s favourite MVPs…(drum roll please)… Mr. Sean Daniels. Take it away, Sean:

The Basics of Local DNS for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials